Chameleon - UBC's Journal of Children's Literature
v 1 n 1
Spring 2003

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About the Authors

Jill Boettger is a poet and a prose writer from Alberta, and a graduate student at the University of BC. She is a contributing editor at Geist Magazine, and lives in Vancouver with her two cats, Patra and Cleo, and her silver Volvo, Viv.

PJ Sarah Collins is an elementary school teacher who enjoys playing with words while her small son, Isaiah, naps! She has been writing children's stories for over six years and has several unpublished projects.

Pat Godwin is a former teacher, now an ESL tutor, living in Coquitlam. She has had one picture book (I Feel Orange Today) published by Annick Press.

Karen Hakkarainen lives and writes in Vancouver. In her spare time, she writes some more.

Harmony Ho is a fourth year Creative Writing major. She likes hot chocolate, the smell of rain, and good books in general. She is currently at work on a junior novel.

Carolye Kuchta is a creative writing major at the University of British Columbia. Her poetry and stories have been published in La Gazette, The Porter Gulch Review, Creation (SICA book), The Mendonesian, and (soon) Babybug.

Ginger Mullen juggles life as a graduate student in Children's Literature, library technician, storyteller and (aspiring) writer. She has performed and recorded her stories for the CBC, YTV and on a CD, How Music Came to the World and Other Stories. In 2002, she toured Ontario as a participant in Canadian Children's Book Week. She is currently writing her MA thesis about the traditional story of "Tam Lin."

Lisa OH! has been writing for children for over ten years and has enjoyed taking many of her stories into classrooms. "There once was an infinite universe" was taken from Little Child Blue - Rhymes for the Times, her collection of new and updated nursery rhymes and play songs for babies. There IS Something Wrong was inspired by her little friend Emma's difficult adjustment to her sister's birth. Lisa OH! is currently studying Creative Writing at U.B.C.

Audrey Pfitzenmaier: "I teach ESL part time and go to UBC part time. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart and have three sons (aaaack!)-an 18,15 and 11 year old. I have coached, played, watched, taught, and studied baseball. I have counted that for my sons alone, I must have been to over 500 games in their careers."

Marguerite Pigeon lives in Vancouver where she's pursuing her MFA in creative writing, but her nostalgic little heart splits its time between her native Northern Ontario and Central America.

Jennifer Rogers: "Believing in the imagination's ability to make great things happen, I write. As an educator, I spend a lot of time being inspired by teenagers. As a child, it was the details that captivated: the cat in the shop window, the bed of snowdrops, the loose button. A Kernel of the Journal of Violet B. Sturdy is a labour of love that marks a decade of learning about rhyme, scansion, beats, etc. Memoirs from new characters await. Big thanks to Chameleon for their support!"

Jennifer Scott is a Vancouver writer.

Madeline Sonik is a writer and anthologist. Her first children's novel, Belinda and the Dustbunnies, is forthcoming this fall (Blue Lake Books). Also forthcoming this fall is an anthology of children's literary fiction, Second Childhood, (Oberon) and an anthology of Canadian gothic writing, Canadian Gothic: Tales of Unease from Pre-Confederation to the Present (Wilfrid Laurier University Press).

About the Illustrators

Petra Dolezalova is an illustrator living in Vancouver.

Krista Mason is a writer and illustrator living in Vancouver. Her interest in aquatic life is a direct result of her volunteer work at the Vancouver Aquarium, for whom she wrote and illustrated Sebastian's Journey: A Salmon Tale.

Simone Maxwell is an illustrator living in downtown Vancouver. She volunteers at The Source newspaper, where she draws the Versité Family cartoon comic strip, illustrates and copy edits.

George Narod is a local artist and illustrator.

Lydia Podobnik is an artist/mother living in Burnaby. When she's not working at her other jobs she can be found in her workshop carving stone or wood, painting, drawing, or generally making a mess, and loving every minute of it.

Lorna Schwenk lives in Vancouver and has been a professional dancer and Registered Massage Therapist. She has pursued her artwork since childhood, and currently focuses on portraiture, figure studies, illustration and works in a variety of media.

Kathryn E. Shoemaker has a broad range of experience working as an art teacher, curriculum specialist, filmmaker, author and illustrator. Her published works include 30 books, eight filmstrips, and hundreds of educational, magazine, greeting card, poster and calendar illustrations. Currently she spends her time illustrating, teaching illustration and working on a Master of Arts in Children's Literature at UBC.

Kristin Shoemaker is an illustrator who attended Parsons School of Art in New York and graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr and a diploma from Helen Lefaux's School of Fashion.

Tami Thirlwell is a graduate of Langara's Display + Design program and holds a Fine Arts Diploma. She is currently employed in the event industry but prefers to spend her time drawing and painting.

Nancy Walker's special interests include drawing figures, portraits, animals and nature subjects.

Diane Yee Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Diane Yee received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design with a major in Drawing. She didn't always like birds though.

Andrea Zimmer has designed and built both realistic and fantastical puppets and props for the Vancouver Public Aquarium, Ocean Encounters and The Public Dreams Society. Her first full-length puppet show, Jasper and the Storyspinners, recently seen at Science World, included marionette, shadow and Bunraku puppetry. She has appeared at the Vancouver International Children's Festival Stanley Park Ghost Train, and Illuminairies Lantern Festival and as a stiltwalker and performer.

About the Editor

Helen Kuk is an MFA candidate at UBC and an English teacher. Although she likes writing for children, she wishes the protagonist of her YA novel-in-progress would just grow up and move out so that she can get on with her poetry thesis.

About the Web Designer

June Kaminski is a PhD student at UBC in Curriculum Studies, Technology Education. She teaches BSN nursing students at Kwantlen University College with a penchant for nursing informatics research. In her spare time, she designs web sites and graphic art and tends to her six almost grown children.

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