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2016 Sunburst Jurors

Editor, writer, performer and educator Timothy Anderson is a returning Sunburst juror based in Edmonton. In addition to his sf novel Resisting Adonis (Tesseracts), Timothy has written short fiction, poetry, operas and plays. Editing with The Books Collective from 1994 to 2005, he has experience in a wide range of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. 2014 saw the premiere of Just Keep Breathing, the film adaptation of his play about moral distress in pediatric intensive care teams. He has won many awards, including the Alberta Centennial Silver Medallion and the inaugural 2006/07 BookTelevision 3-Day Novel Contest reality TV show for his non-sf novel Juggernaut. He teaches book editing, substantive editing, and ethical practice in the Communication Studies department at MacEwan University.

Sylvie Bérard is a writer, teacher, scholar and literary critique, especially of science fiction. She teaches Québec literature and creative writing at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). Her research fields include science fiction, gender studies, and theories of enunciation. Among her recent scholarly works in science fiction is her contribution to the group « Les scénarios d’organisation sociopolitique et économique des sociétés post-écologiques : analyse des propositions issues de la science fiction ». She is the author, in collaboration with Magalie Uhl, of the booklet La science-fiction : de la perspective à la prospective publié (Cahiers de la CRSDD, 2012). She also published many long and short stories, and the science fiction novels Terre des Autres (Alire, 2004), for which she was awarded the Prix Jacques-Brossard 2005 and the Prix des lecteurs de Radio-Canada 2006, and La Saga d’Illyge (Alire 2011). This is not her first experience on a jury as she has sit on the Grand Prix de la science-fiction et du fantastique québécois twice.

Virginia O’Dine lives in Prince George, BC, where she pursues her love of theatre, writing, and not getting stuck in traffic. She was Publisher & Editor for Bundoran Press for six years before passing on the reins to Hayden Trenholm. Her short stories have appeared in Tesseracts 16 and Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. Virginia’s latest passion is stand-up comedy and has not yet had rotten tomatoes or cutlery thrown at her, so will keep making people laugh until someone gets a fork in the eye.

Dale Sproule is a writer, editor and reviewer His fiction has appeared in Northern Frights, Tesseracts, Pulphouse, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and about 40 others. Seventeen of his stories were included in his 2014 collection, Psychedelia Gothique. In the 90s, he co-published and edited (with Sally McBride) a magazine called TransVersions – Literature of the Fantastic.

He also sculpts in stone. Both his stories and sculptures are obsessed with myth and archetype. Dale currently lives in Toronto where he is looking for opportunities to rebuild old publishing paradigms for the new media environment.

Myna Wallin is an author and editor living in Toronto. She has her master's degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Her first collection of poetry, A Thousand Profane Pieces [2006] and her first novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar [2010] were both published by Tightrope books. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Contemporary Verse 2, Existere, Descant, Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, Rampike, 50+ Poems about Gordon Lightfoot, and Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets. Her poetry was part of an Art Gallery of Ontario exhibit in 2014 entitled, "Why (Not) Paintings of Poets?" She edited the individual collections The Animal Bridegroom by Sandra Kasturi, Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse by Phoebe Tsang and Muse by Dawn Kresan. Along with Halli Villegas she edited an anthology of Speculative fiction, In the Dark: Stories from the Supernatural (Tightrope Books, 2007). She’s currently finishing her second collection of poetry with a working title of Death, Wildlife and Taxes.