2018 presenters

Our presenters (listed here in alphabetical order) appear in our evening events and take part in the Saturday panel discussions. Watch this space as our lineup develops!


Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword).  Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).



Dave Butler is an East Kootenay writer, photographer, forester and biologist. He’s the author of the Jenny Willson mystery series, published by Dundurn Press. Full Curl, the first in the series, appeared in September 2017. It was a finalist for the Unhanged Arthur in 2015. No Place for Wolverines, the next in the series, will be out this fall. Dave is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.



Slava Doval is the founder and director DanceFusion, a Nelson based dance
school with seven instructors and over 250 students. She is a passionate dance performer, choreographer and instructor who infuses her globally minded movements with grace and presence while exploring the common
thread in dances from around the world. Her experience with Ballet, Urban Styles,
Bollywood, Balkan, Afro-Colombian, West African, Bellydance, Flamenco, and Contemporary
all inform her choreography and her unique approach to mixing styles.
Doval is an adventurous lifelong dancer who continues to study and perform dance
internationally and locally.
Slava is the 2018 Cultural Ambassador for the City of Nelson, as well as the
Dance Sector Representative for the Cultural Development Committee for the
City of Nelson.



R.M. Greenaway has been a waitress and a darkroom technician, and also worked in probation. She travelled B.C. as a court reporter, which offered some of the insight and inspiration that has informed her page-turning crime series. Cold Girl, the first in her BC Blues crime series, won the 2014 Arthur Ellis Unhanged (Best Unpublished) and went on to be released by Dundurn Press in March 2016. Undertow followed in 2017, Creep in 2018, and Flights & Falls is up next. The series, a character-driven police procedural set in North Vancouver, is ongoing. Rachel Greenaway lives in Nelson, BC. and appears on the Saturday Panel “Murder at the Fest.”



Sean Arthur Joyce is long known to Kootenay audiences as a poet, historian, and journalist. He is the author of three titles of Canadian history and a novel, Mountain Blues (NeWest Press 2018). His nonfiction book Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest, about Home Children in Canada, toured 25 communities across the country. Joyce’s poems and essays on poetics have been published in Canada, the US and the UK. He has three collections of poetry published by New Orphic Publishers of Nelson, BC.



Brian Kalbfleisch is a Nelson based musician, songwriter, visual artist, and independent arts administrator. He is the front man (singer, ukulele) of The Devils You Don’t and plays keys in Dirt Floor. Kalbfleisch’s primary vector in the visual arts are wood tile mosaics crafted from reclaimed lumber. In recent years, Kalbfleisch has busied himself as an arts administrator. He has been the Blue Night Arts & Culture Crawl coordinator since 2013, curated the art gallery at Shambala Music Festival (2016), created and curated the art gallery at Kaslo Jazz Fest Etc. (2017), created a culture hubs brochure in collaboration with Nelson & Kootenay Lake Tourism (2017), director of the Stanley St live art stage and gallery at Nelson Marketfest (2017), and member of the Oxygen Art Market curatorial team.


Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, where she writes about books and publishing, as well as film, TV, visual art, theatre, dance and other cultural matters. Born and raised in Toronto, Marsha moved to Vancouver in 2007, when she joined The Globe. Before that, Marsha worked for CBC Radio, where she held a variety of positions, including National Arts Reporter. Prior to joining CBC, she worked as a private radio talk show host, reporter and news anchor. She has degrees from Ryerson and York University. She says one of the best things about her job is getting paid to read and write about books. Marsha will interview our Saturday Night Live! authors on stage.



Rayya Liebich is a bilingual poet, writer, and teacher. After twelve years teaching French at Nelson’s Waldorf School, she recommitted to her writing practice and now works as a professional artist. Rayya’s work has appeared in literary journals internationally. Her essay Radical Choices won the Geneva Literary Award in 2015, and her 2015 poetry collection Tell Me Everything won the Golden Grassroots Chapbook Award. Her play Three Minutes took first place in the 2005 Kootenay Literary Competition. Teaching includes Liminal Life Writing at Oxygen Art Centre and Writing Through the Grief at Kalein Hospice, among others. Youth engagement includes creative writing for teens at the Nelson Public Library and Artstarts in the Classroom in several West Kootenay schools. Rayya brings her inspired words to the 100-Mile Opening Gala.


Susan Musgrave has excelled in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature and more. She has published 19 collections of poems, four novels, several collections of her essays, and books for children, and edited the anthology Force Field: 77 Women Poets of B.C. (2013). Her most recent book, A Taste of Haida Gwaii (2015), combines recipes and stories from her life on the remote island chain. Musgrave was a panelist on the 2006 Canada Reads CBC program, and teaches in the University of B.C. creative writing department’s optional residency Master of Fine Arts program. In 2012 she won the Spirit Bear Award for her contribution to the poetry of the Pacific Northwest. “Her artistic presence over the past 40 years has helped create who we are,” wrote Patrick Lane. “She is as important to us as Emily Carr.” In 2014 she was awarded the $20,000 Matt Cohen Award, given in recognition of “a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer.”



Roz Nay grew up in England and studied at Oxford University. She has been published in The Antigonish Review and the anthology Refuge. Roz has worked as an underwater fish counter in Africa, a snowboard videographer in Vermont, and a high school teacher in both the UK and Australia. She now lives in Nelson with her husband and two children. Her debut novel Our Little Secret won the Douglas Kennedy Prize for Best Foreign Thriller 2017 in France, was a Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller, and made it onto CBC’s Top 10 Thrillers of 2017. Her second book is slated to be out in fall 2018.



Steven Price lives in Victoria, B.C. and is the author of two award-winning poetry books, Anatomy of Keys (2006), winner of the Gerald Lampert Award, and Omens in the Year of the Ox (2012), winner of the ReLit Award. Price saw his first book of poetry, Anatomy of Keys, win the Gerald Lampert Award and be shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, as well as being named a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year for 2006. His first novel, Into That Darkness, was published by Thomas Allen to acclaim in 2011. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets, and Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets. His novel By Gaslight (a 2016 buzz book) was dubbed by one reviewer: “hardboiled historical noir with a heart.”



Stephen Reid is Canada’s best-known bank robber. His heists include the largest Canadian gold robbery ever recorded and the biggest bank robbery in California history. While serving a 20-year prison sentence he showed the manuscript of his novel, Jackrabbit Parole, to then-University of Waterloo writer-in-residence Susan Musgrave. They married three years later, and the novel was released the same year. In 1999, Reid was arrested for a bank robbery in Victoria, which involved a shootout. He was sentenced to 18 years, released on parole in 2008, and re-incarcerated in 2010 for parole violations.  He was released in 2015. His second book, a collection of essays entitled A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden: Writing from Prison, won the 2013 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.



Genevieve Robertson is a visual artist with a background in environmental studies and a love for being in the backcountry. Herdrawing practice explores the material around the body and under the feet: water, oil, wind, silt, flora, fauna and mineral. She holds an MFA from Emily Carr University and a BFA from NSCAD University, and has participated in numerous residencies and exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. Genevieve recently came to Nelson to pursue work with River Relations: A Beholder’s Share of the Columbia River Dams, an interdisciplinary artistic research project that considers the presence and impact of hydroelectric power production on the Columbia River. She didn’t make it back home, and is now living in Nelson where she serves as Executive Director for Oxygen Centre.


Judy Toews has always loved to write. As a kid, she published her neighbourhood news at twenty-five cents a pop. As a career nutritionist, she wrote a column for local papers, produced technical reports and workbooks, and along with co-author Nicole Parton Fisher penned three non-fiction books about healthy living (Key Porter Books). Hooked on crime fiction, Judy attributes her fascination with forensics to her training in science. Who knew all those classes in biochem and physiology would come in handy after all?  Her first novel, Give Out Creek (Mosaic Press, 2018) is the first in a series of Stella Mosconi mysteries. It was shortlisted for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished crime novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. Judy lives with her husband near Nelson, BC., where she writes under the pen name J.G. Toews.