Crystal Andrushko is a writer and poet in Calgary, Canada where she met the incredible women who subsequently formed the Espresso Poetry Collective. She’s equal parts spicy, sweet, and salty.

When Kimberlee Jones isn’t arguing about the beauty of the Oxford comma, she writes poetry and advertising copy and takes photographs she can paint much, much later. She’s a PR pro living in Calgary, AB, happily serving her grumpy grey cat yet another flavour of food. Her work appears in the 2021 AWCS 40th Anniversary Anthology. Two of the poems in the Uncommon Grounds Anthology have also appeared in her recent Chapbook The Night Sky Cries.

photo by Miranda Krogstad

Sharon Christie wrote her first poem at 16 and was hooked. She is coming to the end of her first career in mental health and writing about health; joyfully able to spend more time with her first love. She has eclectic interests and believes that all knowledge has value

Laurie Anne Fuhr is a poet and musician based in Calgary, Alberta. Her first collection night flying was published by Frontenac House in 2018. Her work has also appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies such as Leonard Cohen: You’re Our Man (Foundation for Public Poetry, Montreal), Shadowy Technicians: New Ottawa Poets (Broken Jaw Press 2000), Bywords, Peter F. Yacht Club, THIS Magazine, and Nod Magazine. She is a poetry instructor with Alexandra Writers Centre Society in Calgary.

Linda Hatfield is a retired teacher for whom writing has always been a passion.  She has been writing songs and poetry since she was a teen and has recently undertaken her life-long dream of penning a novel. She has had her writing published in the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association magazine and recently had a poem selected for inclusion in the YYC POP online exhibit. When not engaged with the written word, Linda loves to read, travel, garden, and create with paint, fabric and photography.  She lives in Calgary with her husband, Rick Smith and has two grown children.

A mother, a wife, and a psychologist, Yulit Price played with poetry as a girl growing up and still continues to play with words. She is a collector of life stories, and is forever humbled by the humanity she encounters both in her professional and personal life. Inspired by the Espresso Poetry Collective in Calgary, her poetry touches the therapeutic, humanistic, and socio-political threads woven into her everyday living.

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