Genni Gunn (Vice-Chair)

Genni GunnGenni Gunn (Vancouver, BC) is a writer, translator, creative writing instructor and musician. She has published ten books: three novels: Solitaria (Signature Editions), nominated for the Giller Prize 2011; Tracing Iris, made into a film titled The Riverbank; and Thrice Upon a Time, finalist for the Commonwealth Prize; two story collections, On the Road and Hungers; two poetry collections, Mating in Captivity, finalist for the Gerald Lampert Poetry Award, and Faceless; and two collections of poetry in translation of Dacia Maraini’s, Devour Me Too, finalist for the John Glassco Prize and Travelling in the Gait of a Fox, finalist for the Premio Internazionale Diego Valeri. She has also written the libretto for the opera Alternate Visions, produced in Montreal in 2007, and showcased at the Opera America Conference in Vancouver, May 2013. Some of her work has been translated into various languages. She is an inveterate traveler, and her experiences are reflected in her most recent book, Tracks: Journeys in Time and Place (Signature Editions, 2013).

She is the founder of the creative writing program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and has been active on numerous university councils, as well as on the boards of the Writers’ Union of Canada and The Writers’ Trust.