Danika Dinsmore is a poet, filmmaker, educator… and accidental novelist. She has been working with children in a variety of settings for 20 years. While Executive Director of the Northwest SPokenword LAB, she co-created Washington State’s first youth poetry slam and developed a curriculum guide for teaching poetry in the schools. She also created the Seattle Poetry Festival’s Emerging Voice spokenword program for teens. After moving to British Columbia she turned her attention to film, television, and new media, writing, producing, and directing numerous short films as well as showrunning an educational broadcast TV series. She has worked as an artist-in-the-schools and media literary educator for Learning Through the Arts and has taught writing courses at Vancouver Film School, Capilano University, and Creative Writing for Children. She accidentally became a novelist when she adapted an original feature film script into her first book: the middle-grade fantasy adventure Brigitta of the White Forest. Her awards include the Washington State Poets Association award for Performance Poetry and the “Best Fresh Voice” Screenwriting Award from the Female Eye Film Festival. Her poetry compilations include Every Day Angels and Other Near Death Experiences, Her Red Book, and All Over the Road (CD). She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her husband and their spoiled cat Victor Gato.