For three decades, West Coast performance poet Hilary Peach has been writing, performing, producing, recording, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations and her own solo works. She has performed at events that include the Vancouver International Writers Festival, Montreal's Festival Voix d'Ameriques, and the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam. She has recorded three CDs: Poems Only Dogs Can Hear, Suitcase Local, and Dictionary of Snakes. She was the founder of the Poetry Gabriola Society, inventor of the Poetry Gabriola Festival, and artistic director of the festival for 10 years. Her first book of poetry, BOLT, will be released in the spring of 2018 by Anvil Press. A collection of non-fiction essays is due for publication in the fall, also with Anvil. Hilary Peach works as a welder for the Boilermakers’ Union and maintains an interdisciplinary art practice on Gabriola Island.