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JEAN SMITH CV
WRITER / ARTIST / MUSICIAN / EVENT ORGANIZER / EDITOR

Jean Smith, vocalist in the acclaimed duo Mecca Normal, and the author of two published novels was named one of the “Top 50 Writers in Vancouver” (Vancouver Magazine) and one of the “Top Ten People Who Matter” (San Francisco Weekly).

Her fiction, poetry, interviews, articles and reviews on music and culture have appeared in the Globe & Mail, NPR, Joyland, The Art of Touring (Yeti Publishing), Ong Ong, Raygun, Your Flesh, Review of Contemporary Fiction (Illinois), McSweeney’s, Thee Flat Bike, 3 AM Magazine, The Rain (Vancouver), Sound Collector (New York) and Nanomajority. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries across North America. “Self-Portrait” watercolour series was shown at Ladyfests in Olympia, Seattle and LA. Jean has received two awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and a grant from the B.C. Arts Council to complete her third and fourth novels. Jean lives in Vancouver.

DAVID LESTER
ARTIST / MUSICIAN / CURATOR / PUBLISHER

David Lester is the guitar player for the underground rock duo Mecca Normal and the author of The Listener graphic novel (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011). His art has appeared in The Literary Review of Canada, Geist, BC BookWorld, Magnet Magazine Online and Broken Pencil. His cartoons, appear regularly in the San Diego Reader. David’s book The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism (Arbeiter Ring Publishing) raised over $1000 for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. It is in its second printing.

Jean Smith and David Lester curate art exhibits and organize events.

CURATORIAL: Art exhibits – galleries, community centres, stores and performance spaces. Specializing in tailoring art exhibits to themes and concepts.

EVENT ORGANIZATION: Over 25 years experience booking and promoting music, art and literary events locally and across North America.

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