Arleen Paré is a Victoria poet and novelist with an MFA from the University of Victoria. Originally from Montreal, she lived in Vancouver for many years, where she worked as a social worker and administrator for Vancouver Coastal Health in community mental health housing. She has published poetry and prose in several Canadian literary journals and anthologies. Her first book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry and won the Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Her new novel, Leaving Now, released in 2012 by Caitlin Press, has received positive attention. Her third book, a collection of poetry called Lake of Two Mountains, was published by Brick Books in 2014.


Ricardo Sternberg was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1948 and moved to the United States with his family when he was fifteen. He received a B.A. in English literature from the University of California, Riverside and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Between 1975 and 1978, he was a Junior Fellow with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His poetry has been published in magazines such as The Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry (Chicago), Descant, American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly and Ploughshares. Vehicule Press (Montreal) published The Invention of Honey (1990, republished 1996), Map of Dreams (1996) and McGill-Queen’s University Press published Bamboo Church (2003, republished 2006). Cyclops Press released a CD of his readings, Blindsight, in 1998. In April 2014, McGill-Queen’s University Press published his fourth collection, Some Dance.

About Some Dance:
“This seductive volume’s tone is bittersweet. Engagingly at ease with the occult and the magical – palmistry, crystal gazing, auspices, prestidigitation – its poems are nonetheless earthy. The Elizabeth Bishop of her Brazilian poems would be delighted.”
Stephen Yenser, Department of English, UCLA