Meet the 2010 Festival Bloggers

Be sure to check the Festival Blog all week during the festival and add your own comments.


Mary TilbergMary Tilberg grew up in Morocco and Liberia before moving to Toronto as a teenager. She has a BEd and an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University. Her poetry and short fiction are regularly published in Canadian literary journals. She now lives on the coast of British Columbia. She is the author of the novel Oonagh, published by Cormorant Books.




Daniel ZomparelliDaniel Zomparelli is the editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine and the project coordinator for Megaphone Magazine's Community Creative Writing Program. He blogs at




Faith JonesFaith Jones is a librarian at the New Westminster Public Library. She is also a graduate student of Canadian Jewish History at UBC, researching Yiddish culture in Winnipeg. She serves as Yiddish editor for Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal.




Jill MargoJill Margo was a 2009 Western Magazine Award finalist for her Monday Magazine cover story, "Doormen Don't Hug: Inside the World of a Female Doorman". In addition to several pieces in Monday, she has also been published in The Malahat Review and Geist magazine. She is the former director of the Victoria School of Writing and for years ran the award-winning Sundays at the JBI reading series in Victoria. She has also worked as an editorial assistant at The Malahat Review and as an administrator for the Victoria Butler Book Prize. A creative non-fiction and fiction writer, she has lived in Vancouver since mid-2008 where she attends UBC's Creative Writing BFA Program and co-directs the Robson Reading Series.


Joseph StewartJoseph Stewart was born into the world of bookselling, his mother opened Blackberry Books when he was four years old. A childhood spent in and around the bookstore left him with a profound respect for the written word and a strong desire to follow in his mother's footsteps (that and the fact that he didn't know any better.) Joseph started working at the store part-time at the age of 11 and he and his wife Jocelyn bought the store from his parents two years ago. When he isn't working, Joseph loves hanging out with his two young daughters, going on road trips (he never got over his teenage obsession with On The Road) and readings lots of books.


Lachlan Murray Lachlan Murray works as a technical writer for a local software company. He also writes fiction, and did degrees in English and Creative Writing at UBC and the University of Illinois. He’s lived in various parts of Canada, and has worked as a police and fire dispatcher, a bartender, a house builder, a PNE security guard, and during one memorable, muddy Easter on southern Vancouver Island, a daffodil picker. He lives with his wife in East Vancouver.




Lalo EspejoLalo Espejo is a writer, monologist and political satirist whose work has appeared on CBC radio, campuses across Canada, and most recently as a regular contributor to the Vancouver Review. His blog, featuring rants and politics with improvised jazz piano by Patrick Pennefather, can be found at




Laura ThorneLaura Thorne has been writing (and reading) since she could hold a pencil. She has been published three times in Wordscapes, and she wrote for and designed Fumbled Words We Know by Heart, both youth anthologies. She is also the feature writer for Fortyfour magazine, for which she also photographs and designs; and her poetry has been published in Rain magazine. In the past she has worked as a photographer for both Cirque du Soleil and the Vancouver Aquarium, and she once danced with the Moscow Ballet. Laura is currently in Grade 12.


Leah RaeLeah Rae is the managing editor of Poetry is Dead magazine and is a frequent contributor to Geist magazine. Her poetry has been published and anthologized in The Antigonish Review, Event, Room, West49th, antithesis, from this new world and The Claremont Review. She has received numerous awards for her writing. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from UBC.



Steven BrownSteven Brown continues to perfect his Twitter account settings between bouts of work on his big new novel which these days is going by its alternative title Wilderness Park. He has read The Catasphrophist (Lawrence Douglas) and is a practicing disastrophist although he is looking for a new line of work