Cecily Nicholson is the author of Triage (2011) and From the Poplars (2014), winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry, both with Talonbooks. She is administrator of the artist-run centre, Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver. Her work, both creative and social, is often in collaboration with artists and educators. She facilitates the Surrey Teacher’s Association, Teachers Writing Group and is appointed to the Ethics Research Board for Emily Carr University. She has held residencies at: Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia Okanagan, University of Northern BC, the University of Windsor and Queens University.