Alfred DePew

Alfred DePew’s day job consists of training executive leaders and their organizations in change management, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, diversity, non-toxic communication, and implementing vision. He is on the faculty of Center for Right Relationship, for whom he delivers advanced training in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching. He is available for keynotes, breakout sessions, leadership training, staff development, team building, and retreat facilitation. For more information see his website or read his regular blog, “Relationship Matters”.

Before moving to Vancouver in 2007, DePew taught at the Maine College of Art, the Salt Center for Documentary Studies, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. His first book of stories, The Melancholy of Departure, won a Flannery O’Connor Award. His second book, Wild & Woolly: A Journal Keeper’s Handbook is available to Canadian readers through his website and at a few local independent bookstores. His third book, another collection of short fiction, is in search of a publisher—got any ideas?


Reading US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan

They’re a bit like Will’s blackberries, these poems, growing in secret underbrush—even published. Who thinks to search for them?

Next of kin

When I get to Intensive Care, I find Pat wired to several machines that beep softly. The nurse, Dave, asks if I am her closest living relative. I have to think a moment. I suppose I am.

On not being Southern

I was determined to become a Yankee, and fixed my gaze steadily to the North—Chicago was about as far north as I could imagine at first, but as I learned more about geography, I found out there was al

This Writer's Life: Silence

Some years ago, I decided that writer’s block didn’t exist, because if what we do when we write is to follow our thought, there is always something to follow—forward, backward, into any number of digr

Sarah Hayward and Stripes: The Mystery Circus

As a theatre student in Montreal, Sarah Hayward saw a performer “balancing backwards, singing like Yoko Ono, and operating the light board with his toes.” That’s when she knew she wanted to write a on

Vancouver’s Dynamic Duo produces a film about pioneering couples work

On their way home from their second couples workshop, Dennis Ewasiuk and his wife, Anne Dobbie, had an idea. To make a film about the presenters. The only glitch was that neither of them had ever made

Chiron In Pisces: A guest post by Eric Francis of Planet Waves

For those who appreciate the concept 'holistic', I have some astrology news for you -- Chiron in Pisces.

Cynthia Loy Darst: Inside, Outside, All Around Your Life

Cynthia Loy Darst knows a lot about roles. Which stands to reason. She used to be a professional actress. In fact, it was when she was studying theatre, that she discovered the seeds of what was to...

Backstage at the Olympics: Jeff and Aly Pain Are Going for the Gold in Marriage

Aly Pain has asked her Olympic Silver Medalist Skeleton racer husband Jeff, for a divorce more than once in the last several years. And yet today, their marriage is stronger than ever.

Martha Perkins and the Bowen Island Undercurrent

Perkins sees the Undercurrent as a source of community building. She wants people to spend an hour each week reading the Undercurrent, “to feel they have to pick up a copy every Friday morning, or the