Who We Are

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent books include the Giller short-listed national bestseller Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), the short fiction collection, I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457, and the poetry collection Moon Baboon Canoe. A new poetry collection, No TV for Woodpeckers (Wolsak & Wynn) is forthcoming in spring 2017. A Ph.D. in music composition, Barwin has performed internationally and been Writer-in-Residence at Western University. He has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. He is writer-in-residence at several shelters/custody facilities with Art Forms’ “Writers in the House” program for at-risk youth. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario where he has vague and disquieting notions of the mainstream. garybarwin.com


Susan Evans Shaw has been a member of the organizing committee for LiT LiVe for many years. As well she was a founding committee member of gritLIT, Hamilton's annual literary festival. She is also co-chair of Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Arts Committee. In 1997, her essay "Simon Alexander" won the Hamilton and Region Arts Council’s Short Non-fiction Award. Heritage Treasures; The Historic homes of Ancaster, Burlington, Dundas, East Flamborough, Hamilton, Stoney Creek and Waterdown, a collaborative work with photographer, Jean Crankshaw, won the 2005 Arts Hamilton Athens Printing award for non-fiction. Discovery of her grandfather’s letters, written home during World War I, inspired her book, Canadians at War: A Guide to the Battlefields of World War I, which was published in 2011 by Goose Lane Editions. A companion volume, Canadians at War: A Guide to the Battlefields of World War II, was published by Goose Lane in 2014. Susan is a member of PEN Canada and The Writers’ Union of Canada. She lives and writes in a downtown Hamilton highrise with her two cats, Sam and Lotte.


Jennifer Tan has poems and short stories published in Main Street, the Anthology of the McMaster Certificate in Writing Program, Hammered Out, Tower Poetry and the Asahi Haikuist Network. Her short story “Dirt on My Face” received an honourable mention in the literary contest of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival in 2002. She was on the Hamilton Spectator Community Editorial Board from 2003 to 2005. In 2003 she was in a memorable writing workshop in Siena with Alistair MacLeod as her teacher. She is a committee member of LitLive the Reading Series and a member of Tower Poetry Society, where she has served on the editorial board since 2011. Jennifer hosts LitChat, Hamilton’s monthly literary salon. Her interests include running, dancing, gardening, painting, learning languages, travelling and eating well.

Showey Yazdanian has contributed as a journalist to Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Guelph Mercury, The Lawyer’s Weekly, and others. She is the author of the novella Loopholes, which won the 2015 Ken Klonsky Award; her work has also appeared in the story collection Footprints for Mothers and Daughters. Showey grew up in Toronto and holds a Ph.D. in the physical sciences. Read more at www.showey.net.





Other Committee Members (biographies not yet posted.)


Chris Inrig

Chris Pannell

Christine Miscione

Heather Brohman

Jennifer Tan


Benny Langedyk

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