Candice James, Poet Laureate (2010 – 2016) City of New Westminster, is a poet, writer, musician, singer, songwriter and visual artist. She is the author of poetry books, A Split In The Water - Fiddlehead Poetry Books 1979; Inner Heart – A Journey (2010); Bridges And Clouds (2011); Midnight Embers– A Book Of Sonnets (2012); Shorelines (2013); and Ekphrasticism – Painted Words(2014).Candice is currently in her second 3 year term as Poet Laureate of The City of New Westminster; President of The Royal City Literary Arts Society; a full member of The League of Canadian Poets; Board Advisor The International Muse (India); Board Advisor Federation of BC Writers; Honorary Professor at the International Arts Academy (Greece); Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers; Past Director of SpoCan; Past President of Slam Central; creator of the long running events “Poetic Justice” and “Poetry in the Park”. She is the recipient of “Writers International Network’s Distinguished Poet Award 2013” and recipient of the Pentasi B “Woman of Prestige Award 2013” (Phillipines). She was a judge for the Jessamy Stursberg Canadian Youth Poet Award 2012.
Don Portelance is a professional artist and art teacher living in greater Vancouver. He has exhibited in many countries and his artwork hangs in corporate, public and private collections worldwide.