Jim Wong-Chu | Founder
The first Festival Director of LiterASIAN, Jim Wong-Chu is a pioneer of Asian Canadian literature, and a poet whose book Chinatown Ghosts (Arsenal Pulp Press) was one of the first poetry book by an Asian Canadian writer. In addition to co-editing Swallowing Clouds, he co-edited the fiction anthology Many Mouthed Birds. After founding Ricepaper Magazine, Jim went on to establish LiterASIAN as the first Canadian literary arts festival featuring writers of Asian descent. Jim passed away in 2017
Allan Cho | Festival Director
Allan is Executive Director of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW), and works as an academic librarian at the University of British Columbia. Allan is actively engaged in a number of initiatives in the community, and serves on the board of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop and Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society. He has written for the Georgia Straight, Diverse Magazine, and Ricepaper. His fiction has appeared in the anthologies, The Strangers and Eating Stories. He is one of the founders of LiterASIAN Writers Festival and is a co-editor of the anthology, AlliterAsian: Celebrating Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine.
JF Garrard | LiterASIAN Toronto Festival Coordinator
JF Garrard the founder of Dark Helix Press, Co-President of the Canadian Authors Association Toronto Branch, Senior Editor for Ricepaper Magazine and an Assistant Editor for Amazing Stories Magazine. She is an editor and writer of speculative fiction (Dark Helix Ezine, Trump Utopia or Dystopia Anthology, The Undead Sorceress) and non-fiction (The Literary Elephant). Her short fiction has made appearances here and there: “The Metamorphosis of Nova” (Iguana Books’ Blood is Thicker), “The Perfect Husband” (Renaissance Press’ We Shall Be Monsters), “My Girl” (Sirens Call Publications’ Issue 37, Women In Horror Month Issue) and “The Intruder” (Strange Constellations, forthcoming 2019).
David HT Wong