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Miche Genest

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Lillian Nakamura Maguire

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Patti Flather

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Sydney Keddy

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Peter Steele

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Amy Kenny

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Kathy Munro

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Al Pope

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Tara Borin

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Joanna Lilley

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Roy Ness

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Sally Lee Baker

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Keith Halliday

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Julie Cruikshank

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Ivan Coyote

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Bob Hayes

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Peter Jickling

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Michael Gates

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Helene Dobrowolsky

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John Firth

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Eva Holland

Miche Genest

I'm a writer and a cook living in Whitehorse and for years I've been putting those two preoccupations together.  One feeds the other. One saves me from the other. Writer’s block? Pas de problème, I will scurry to the kitchen. Kitchen failure? Oh well, at least I can write. Those two passions have intersected and cross-pollinated and resulted in several cookbooks and a regular column for Yukon, North of Ordinary Magazine, as well as contributions for What's Up Yukon.

Lillian Nakamura Maguire

Lillian Nakamura Maguire is a second-generation Japanese Canadian, new playwright living and retired in the countryside near Whitehorse, Yukon.  Her first play, Hidden Memories was accepted by Ruby Slippers Theatre “Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women” for reading at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival, in partnership with the Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre. She received a National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund grant in 2016 to assist in the development of the play.Throughout her career as an adult educator, facilitator and community activist she has used stories in her work in human rights education, elder abuse prevention and intercultural relations. She has written and produced short digital stories on these themes and her family history. She is a founding member of the Hidden Histories Society Yukon, a volunteer group doing research, producing displays and sponsoring educational activities mainly related to Asian and Black history of the Yukon. She also enjoys writing short stories, memoir and haiku.

Patti Flather

Patti Flather is an award-winning playwright, dramaturge, director, and writer. A scene from Paradise is featured in Refractions: Scenes with Playwrights Canada Press. Patti is co-founder and former Artistic Director of Gwaandak Theatre, which develops and shares Indigenous and Northern stories for the stage.Her fiction has appeared in various literary journals; her fiction collection Such A Lovely Afternoon is forthcoming in 2021. Patti is a recipient of the Yukon Arts Builder Award and a past winner of Theatre BC’s national playwriting competition. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Patti grew up in North Vancouver, but now lives in Whitehorse. Click HERE for stories in Whats Up Yukon about Patti Flather

Sydney Keddy

I regularly contribute a variety of seasonal recipes to the Boston Globe Food Section. I've written a few weekly columns for SeriousEats in the past - mostly brunch, supper and British recipes. Lately you can find my recipes popping up in What's Up Yukon. And there's usually a freelance client or two coming and going.

Peter Steele

Retired doctor and mountaineer Peter Steele was born in England. He lived and travelled in Nepal, Bhutan, and the Sahara before settling in Whitehorse, Yukon with his family in 1975. He has written several books on his travels, a medical guide for backcountry adventurers, and two biographies: Eric Shipton: Everest and Beyond and The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The Intrepid life of George Back, Franklin's Lieutenant. His latest book encapsulates 50 years of stories and was published in 2020.Read about it here

Amy Kenny

Amy Kenny is a Whitehorse-based writer. Her articles have been published by National Geographic Book Publishing, Hazlitt, Vice, Walrus, Up Here, Canadian Geographic, Explore, The Hamilton Spectator and Yukon News. In 2016, she was named journalist of the year at the Ontario Newspaper Awards.Her fiction, reviews and poetry have appeared in Room MagazineThe Antigonish ReviewThe MaynardPrismThe Humber Literary Review, Monday and Time and Place. She graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2004. She completed the Humber School for Writers program in creative writing by correspondence, where she was mentored by David Adams Richards, and she has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

Kathy Munro

Munro is originally from Vancouver, but has lived in the Yukon since 1991. She is membership secretary for Haiku Canada, a member of the League of Canadian Poets and is active in Yukon Writers’ Collective Ink. In 2014, she founded solstice haiku, a haiku discussion group in Whitehorse that she continues to facilitate. Munro has read her poetry, delivered workshops and made presentations at literary events in both Canada and the United States. Click HERE for stories in Whats Up Yukon about Kathy Munro

Al Pope

Al Pope was born in Scotland, and emigrated to Canada at the age of 12. After spending his teenage years in southern Ontario, he moved to the Yukon when he was 21. There Al developed an obsession with dog sledding, winning two provincial championships with a team he raised himself, and built a cabin home for his wife and three children 30 miles south of Whitehorse.He has written for stage, print, and radio. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines. His reading series Four Seasons North of 60 aired on CBC's Richardson's Roundup. His novel, Bad Latitudes, was published in 2004.  His column, Nordicity, appeared weekly in the Yukon News for 20 years, until 2014. Al's latest work, The Boreal Curmudgeon, is a selection of his columns, ilustrated by Heidi Marion.

Tara Borin

Tara Borin’s chapbook manuscript Thick was a finalist for Quattro Books’ inaugural Best New Poets in Canada contest and is now available in Quattro’s Best New Poet’s anthology. Tara also has work forthcoming in the Resistance anthology, edited by Sue Goyette, from Coteau Books in 2020. Tara’s poems have been published in Prairie Fire, The Northern Review, The Maynard, Mom Egg Review, and elsewhere online.A recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio Online, Tara is working on a book-length manuscript about addiction, connection and working in a sub-arctic dive bar.Born in 1983 in London, Ontario, Tara Borin now makes a home in Dawson City, in traditional Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in territory. Stories about Tara Borin

Joanna Lilley

Joanna is from the UK and now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, where she's currently helping to set up a new Yukon Words society. She is grateful to the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council on whose Traditional Territories she resides. She's also the author of a novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), which was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award, and a short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). Joanna's poetry collections are If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press), and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Joanna Lilley's fifth book and third poetry collection, Endlings, was published by Turnstone Press in March 2020. 

Roy Ness

Writer, actor and commentator on stage, radio and film, Roy Ness lives near Whitehorse, and keeps busy growing things and riding his horses. He has written for the stage and released a novel, Rutting Season, that raises challenging questions about the balance between hunting for sport and hunting for survival. Click HERE for stories in Whats Up Yukon about Roy Ness

Sally Lee Baker

Faro resident Sally Lee Baker, storyteller, author and illustrator wrote her first tongue twisters for kids using the letter "B" in a Writing for Juveniles class in college. After marrying, raising two girls and then reading to grandchildren, she was inspired to write alliterative stories using each letter of the alphabet.She has been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Finalist in the Children's Fiction Category for her books, "Toni Tanager" and "Vinny The Vegetarian Vulture".

Keith Halliday

Keith Halliday is a Whitehorse-based management consultant and author. 

He is the author of the MacBride Museum Yukon Kids Series of historical youth adventure novels, which were inspired by tales he heard around woodstove from his pioneering grandparents. 

His latest book, The Tar Sands Diplomat, is inspired by his time as a Canadian diplomat in Brussels.