Holley Rubinsky, winner of the prestigious Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award Gold Medal, was born and raised in Southern California. She went to UCLA where she majored in Motion Pictures. In 1975 she immigrated to British Columbia with her daughter where she taught children with learning disabilities. Holley Rubinsky is a Master of the Usui system of Reiki healing, a form of hands-on healing. She divides her time between Kaslo, BC and Toronto.