Mayor's Arts Award for Literary Arts
Kate Braid has written, edited and co-edited 11 books of poetry and non-fiction about subjects ranging from Emily Carr and Glenn Gould to BC mine workers and fishers.
In addition to co-editing with Sandy Shreve the ground-breaking book of Canadian form poetry, In Fine Form, she has published six books of poetry.
Her poetry has won or been shortlisted for a number of awards – local, provincial and national – and her essays and poems are widely anthologized.
After teaching creative writing for 12 years, Kate now gives readings, lectures and workshops across Canada, sometimes centred on her 15 years of experience as a construction carpenter and activist for Women in Trades.
She is one of the organizers of the Dead Poets Live Reading Series and frequently serves on book prize juries. In 2012, she was declared one of the Vancouver Park Board’s Remarkable Women of the Arts.
Rob Taylor is the author of the poetry collection The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011) and four poetry chapbooks, most recently Smoothing the Holy Surfaces (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2012).
In 2004, Rob co-founded Simon Fraser University’s High Altitude Poetry, which distributed 10,000 free student poetry zines. In 2006, he co-founded One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana’s first online poetry magazine.
He is a past poetry editor at PRISM international and Red Fez magazines.
In 2011, Rob helped “resurrect” the Dead Poets Reading Series. He is a board member with the BC Book Prizes and a member of a medical research project exploring how poetry can increase physician empathy around the diagnosis of depression.
Rob is currently completing his master’s degree in creative writing at UBC, and lives in Fairview with his wife and son. In his free time, he coaches the Burnaby North Secondary School’s ultimate frisbee team, which he co-founded.