Donato Mancini

Avatara with Jeremy Turner (2003)

Donato Mancini is the author two books of procedural and visual poetry, Ligatures (2005) and ®thel (2007), both from New Star books, both nominated for the ReLit Award. He also co-directed the world's first genuine in-world avatar documentary AVATARA (2003). Long time member of the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver BC, he was a principal organiser of the N 49 15.832 - W 123 05.921 Positions Colloquium in August 2008. He is now finishing a third collection of visual and textworks for New Star, and beginning to prepare for publication his book-length study of the ideology and ideolects of poetry reviewing in Canada.

Jeremy Owen Turner (b. 1974, Victoria, B.C., Canada) is a virtual worlds researcher, performance artist and music composer living in Vancouver. After co-producing AVATARA, Turner inhabited other virtual worlds such as Second Life to be a co-founder of the performance art group Second Front as well as a composer for the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse.

Flick Harrison's film, theatre, video, acting, writing and camera work has been seen by millions, been nominated and won awards internationally, and slipped into, under and through almost every Canadian funding niche. The Prime Minister's strategist Warren Kinsella called Flick "offensive" and "unfair," the Globe and Mail called Flick "hilarious," and the Georgia Straight called Flick's work "gorgeously sophisticated.

536 was an interdisciplinary arts collective and exhibition space housed at 536 East 20th Vancouver, BC from 1999-2009.