William Nichols is a public policy consultant based in Edmonton. Born in Moose Jaw, his travels have always brought him back to the prairies. Poetry is a counterpoint to the words he produces for business and government. When words fail he likes bird watching and woodworking.
William’s muse is dyslexia. Though his is a mild disability, it creates a continual tension between the mind, the eye and the page. A printed page can have as many possibilities as a blank one, as the letters slowly swim into words, possibilities are discarded, and meanings emerge. In reverse, the idea can come clear before the words to express it. Language stays fresh and always potentially treacherous. The technical precision required of regulatory writing is in contrast to the emotional clarity he seeks in his poetry, although each has certainly contributed to the other.
Micheline Maylor's new book, Whirr & Click is now available. Micheline teaches creative writing, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and composition at Mount Royal University. She serves as guest editor for Frontenac’s renowned Quartet series for Fall, 2013. She serves as the President and co-founder of Freefall Literary Society, and is the editor-in-chief of FreeFall literary magazine. Her first book is titled Full Depth: The Raymond Knister Poems (2007) and is available through Wolsak & Wynn. Micheline Maylor has a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in English Language and Literature with a specialisation in Creative Writing and 20th Century Canadian Literature.