At age 11, Meredith Quartermain left her home in Ontario and travelled across Canada with her family to the tiny, one-time silver boom community of Argenta, British Columbia. There she developed a strong sense of place that influenced her writing and remained with her during her studies at the University of British Columbia. In 1983, Quartermain was commissioned to write a history of York House School, which prompted her exploration of Vancouver archival materials and pioneer narratives.

Quartermain is the author of several poetry collections, including the 2006 BC Book Prize for Poetry winner, Vancouver Walking. She is also the co-founder of Nomados, a small literary press in Vancouver.

Festivals: 2008 (fall)

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