Kari with Mielle
KARI BURK – Author and Illustrator
Kari Burk is a multimedia artist and landscape gardener who operates Muddy Tutu, Organized Grime and Garden Art in Castlegar, B.C. A graduate of Emily Carr School of Art and Design, she’s a painter, poet, musician, dancer, performance artist, cartoonist and curator. She has self-published 14 chapbooks of poetry and exhibited and performed throughout British Columbia. Her art is available for sale and by commission. Kari lives on a Kootenay mountaintop with one of her greatest works of art, her daughter Mielle.

Val with Mielle and Rick
VALERIE HENNELL – Editor, curator, additional text
Writer, producer, publisher and poet, Valerie Hennell conjures projects for page, stage, CD and media. She has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia where she launched a career that has spanned 50 years and 10 countries. Her lyrics are sung by many artists including Rick Scott, Ann Mortifee, Fred Penner, Pied Pumkin and Andréa L’Heureux. Her recordings have been honoured with multiple Juno nominations, Parents’ Choice, NAPPA Gold, Western Canadian and Canadian Folk Music Awards. Grandmother, kayaker and composter, Valley lives on Protection Island in Nanaimo, B.C. with her long-time partner in life and art, musician Rick Scott.