G.C.McRae was born in Edmonton and spent the first 40 years of his life there. Most of his poetry and fiction has a humorous bent and, for the past couple of decades, he has also been writing fairy tales. Not new takes on old stories but original tales with kings and princesses and good, old-fashioned giants. McRae was a board member of Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets and one of the founding fathers of the Raving Poets, which thrilled audiences for a decade on Whyte Avenue. The author of five children’s and young adult books, one of his great loves is reading to kids in schools, where he tries to leave them laughing, and loving words and books as much as he does.
Wendy McGrath was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Her poetry and short fiction has been widely published. McGrath’s most recent book is the poetry collection, A Revision of Forward (NeWest 2015). Her previous two novels, North East (NeWest Press 2014) and Santa Rosa (NeWest Press 2011) are part of the “Santa Rosa Trilogy.” Her first novel, Recurring Fictions was published by the University of Alberta in 2002 and her first collection of poetry, common place ecstasies was published by Beach Holme Publishing in 2000.
Shawna Lemay is the author of six books of poetry, a book of essays, and an experimental novel titled, Hive. Rumi and the Red Handbag, a novel, is forthcoming with Palimpsest Press in October of 2015. All the God-Sized Fruit, won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Calm Things: Essays was shortlisted for the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Alberta. Shawna lives in Edmonton with her husband, Robert Lemay, a visual artist, and their daughter. She works at the Edmonton Public Library part-time. Her photography may be viewed and purchased on Getty Images.
After 16 years as Editor of Alberta Hansard, four years teaching postsecondary English courses, and eight years of part-time prison work, Gary has devoted much of his time and energy in recent years to writing and editing. His main focuses have been poetry, songwriting, and creative nonfiction, including two recently published local history books and his creative nonfiction memoir, Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons, published by the University of Regina Press. His current project, I Am My Grandmother’s Son, is a creative nonfiction study of grandparents raising grandchildren.
Open Mic Themes?
Open mics at the Rasp are loosely themed. We offer up an optional theme to give our open mics some shape and constraint. Reading and writing to theme is optional of course, but we encourage all writers to participate!