Elephant Mountain Literary Festival 2021
Here are some of the literary luminaries who will help make our Tenth Anniversary festival absolutely scintillate!
Jenna Butler is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road, Wells, and Aphelion; an award-winning collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail; and a new travelogue, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard. Her sixth book, a collection of essays titled Revery: A Year of Bees, is is out now with Wolsak & Wynn. A woman of colour interested in multiethnic narratives of place, Butler weaves literary and scholarly work together with lived experience on the land. Her research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and from Tenerife to the Arctic Circle, exploring the ways in which we navigate the landscapes we call home. She is a professor of creative writing and environmental writing at Red Deer College, and lives with seven resident moose and a den of coyotes on an off-grid organic farm in Alberta’s North Country.
Carla Funk was born and raised in Vanderhoof, the geographical centre of British Columbia and one of the earliest Mennonite settlements in the province. Though she left Vanderhoof after high school and has lived on Vancouver Island for a quarter of a century, she still returns in her writing to her childhood hometown, her family, those long Sunday sermons, and the rumble of her father’s logging truck coming down the drive. Carla’s newest book, Every Little Scrap and Wonder – part ode to childhood, part love letter to rural life – was published on October 15, 2019 by Greystone Press.
Shayna Jones is an award winning professional performance artist specializing in the traditional oral storytelling of African and Afro-diasporic folklore. As a professionally trained actor, vocalist, and fine mover, Shayna has performed for audiences across Canada. As a folklorist, Shayna combines her passion for live performance with the in-depth study of Afro-centric folk history, folklore, and contemporary experience.
Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter with over thirty plays and twelve books of fiction and nonfiction to his credit, including the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize–winning Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, the recently launched The Unravelling, and The Comedian. His texts on playwriting, The Blunt Playwright, The Greek Playwright, and The Ancient Comedians are employed widely at universities and colleges across the continent. He currently teaches in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.
Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tłı̨chǫ) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, Canada. He is a graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program, and the University of British Columbia where he received a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. He is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a movie with First Generation Films and premiered in September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is the author of five collections of short stories, six baby books, three children’s books, five comics and much more.