Dina Del Bucchia
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Dina Del Bucchia is the author of three collections of poetry, Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks, 2013), Blind Items (Insomniac Press, 2014), and Rom Com (Talonbooks, 2015), written with Daniel Zomparelli. She also hosts Can’t Lit, a podcast on Canadian literature and culture, with Jen Sookfong Lee. Her short story, "Under the 'I'," was a finalist for the Writers' Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award in 2012. Her first collection of short stories, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, was published in fall 2017 with Arsenal Pulp Press. She is a senior editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine and is the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she currently is an instructor.
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Dina Del Bucchia was born in the Trail regional hospital and grew up in the small village of Fruitvale, British Columbia. Now she lives in Vancouver. Most of her working life has been spent in bookstores, both independent and big box.
She hosts a podcast with Jen Sookfong Lee called Can't Lit. They interview writers, talk about literature and also pop culture and butts. You can subscribe on iTunes and follow them on Twitter, or like them on Facebook. You have choices.
Her story, "Under the 'I'" was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Coping with Emotions and Otters is her first book (Talonbooks, 2013). Blind Items is her second book (Insomniac Press, 2014). With her podcast co-creator Daniel Zomparelli she published Rom Com (Talonbooks, 2015). Her first collection of short stories, Don't Tell Me What to Do (Arsenal Pulp Press) is out now. Her fourth collection of poetry, It’s a Big Deal! will be available in March 2019.
She has written for Canada Arts Connect magazine, has blogged for the Vancouver Writers' Fest, and her writing has appeared in literary publications across Canada, and as art in Old Friends’ exhibition Funny Business (Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, 2010). She also performed a one-woman show at the 2005 Vancouver International Fringe Festival.
She's taught creative writing to children and teens at the Vancouver Public Library and as part of the Vancouver Biennale’s Big Ideas program and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.
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Her hosting and event skills have landed her at such great events as the launch of books by Elizabeth Bachinsky, Michael Christie, Jamella Hagen, Alex Leslie, Carol Shaben, John Vigna and Sheryda Warrener and PRISM International's 50th anniversary, the Giller Light Bash Vancouver, Griffin Vancouver, the Jewish Book Festival and some others that she can't remember for various reasons.
She recommends that you self-medicate with television, cheeses, chewy candies and the Vancouver Aquarium's otter cam.
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