Margarita Feliciano, Board Director, is a poet, critic and literary translator of Italo-Argentinian origin, living in Canada and supporting the Hispanic community since 1969. She has published several books of poetry and her works have appeared in anthologies and in other publications in Europe and in the Americas. She is a professor Emerita at Glendon College, York University. A tireless volunteer and advocate for the Hispanic community, Feliciano was recognized in 2009 as one of “10 Most Influential Hispanic-Canadians” in the area of literacy.
Gabriela Etcheverry is a writer, literary critic and cultural advocate from Ottawa and also the co-founder of Red Cultural Hispánica (Hispanic Cultural Network). She received her Ph.D. in Literature from Laval University and published her novel Latitudes in 2007. Gabriela’s poems and short stories from her collectionsEl árbol del pan and Tú y yo have been published in various magazines, anthologies and websites in Canada and Chile. She currently manages the literary magazine Qantati (www.qantatiliterario.com) and is working on a new novel set in Gravenhurst, Ontario, the homeland of her husband.
Steven Glassman is a professional manager. Following a dozen years as a manager of laboratories, he completed an MBA and moved into the printing industry. He has worked with weekly and monthly newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and book publishers. Steve joined York University in 2004 as the Director of its in house print shop, mailing department and bookstore and is also a founding director of The Force for Cultural Event Productions, a non profit organization that produces 60 literary events a year. Steve’s proudest accomplishment is as a co-founder of Pages Books and Magazines, which has a 30 year history as an independent bookseller and community destination in the downtown Queen Street West scene in Toronto.
Patricia Keeney is a poet and novelist. She was awarded one of the first North American Free Trade Agreement Artisic Residencies and spent an extended period of time in Mexico working on a series of dialogues with actor-director Roberto D’Amico and poet Ethel Krauze. Author of seven volumes of poetry, her work has been translated and published in India, China, France and Bulgaria as well as in major journals in Canada, the UK and South Africa. She is a professor of Creative Writing at York University.
Originally from Venezuela, Victor Rivas worked as a journalist, Media Specialist, and educator before receiving his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, Dr. Rivas resides in Canada and is associated with the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Toronto where he teaches and researches on topics of Latin American Literature and Postcolonial Cultural Studies. He specializes in the critical study of alternative texts, narratives of resistance, and the politics of culture.
Don Rubin is President of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association and a member of the International Executive Board of the International Association of Theatre Critics. A former President of the Canadian Centre of the International Theatre Institute, he was the Founding Editor of the quarterly journal Canadian Theatre Review and is perhaps best known in the publishing field as Editor of Routledge’s six volume World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre, one volume of which is devoted to theatre in Latin America. A founding professor of York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and its Department of Theatre, he served as Chair of the Theatre program from 1979 to 1982. He is the editor of the standard volume Canadian Theatre History: Selected Readings (Playwrights Canada Press, first published in 1996).