Zachery Cooper is a fourth-year creative writing major. He was awarded the Mary Garland Coleman Prize in Lyric Poetry, won Portal Magazine's 2018 Non-Fiction Contest, and was honourably mentioned in the Islands Short Fiction Contest. His work appears or is forthcoming in Filling Station, Broken Pencil, Portal, and The Nav.
Sara is a fourth-year graphic design student at VIU. This is her second year with The Nav and she is pleased to announce that water is wet. She enjoys screaming into the void and cooking pasta pretty much every single night. One day, she hopes to obtain her goal of petting one million dogs.
Aislinn is a Creative Writing major, still sustaining the hope of making a career from loving words. She can be most often found muttering about grammatical errors in textbooks to her long-suffering cat, Chicken Nugget. This is her third year as The Nav's copy editor, and she enjoys it very much.
Lys has lost count of what year he’s in at Vancouver Island University and is trying to finish one project before he graduates. His work is featured in Portal, Rebel Mountain Press Disabled Voices, and TransFocus. He is the recipient of the 2018 Mike Matthews Humorous Rant award.
Caileigh Broatch is a fifth-year creative writing major. She freelance edits for Broadview Press, managed Portal magazine in 2018, and was awarded the Pat Bevan and Myrtle Bergren creative writing awards for fiction. Her work has appeared Portal and The Nav.
Elijah is a fourth-year English and Journalism student at Vancouver Island University. In the latter half of his time at VIU, he has shifted focus from playing sports to writing about them. He hopes to find a middle ground when he recovers from sport-related injuries.
Teigan Mudle is a transfer student to the VIU graphic design program who doesn't really know what year she's in. She previously graduated from the College of New Caledonia with honors. If she had spare time, she would probably be off searching for the perfect egg but alas, she's too busy screaming into the void with Sara and prepping to join Joe's future Oreo eating cult.
Joe is a third-year graphic design student at VIU. In 2018 Joe won gold at the National Skills Canada competition for graphic design. In his free time, he enjoys collecting mirrors as well as hearing Sara scream into the void. One day Joe hopes to start an Oreo eating cult.
Nikolas Martin Mellino (Niko) studied journalism at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 2017 and though he was one-year shy from receiving his diploma, he decided to become an English teacher in his father's native country Mexico. Niko is in his second year of Creative Writing at VIU; as a freshman, he played for the Mariners soccer team and was an honourable mention in the Portal's 2018 nonfiction writing contest.
Carrie Davis is a fourth year Media Studies student majoring in Digital Media. She is an indigenous Film Maker and has made two films. One called Ageing Out, which is about what happens when youth in care turn 18 and have to move out in their own, and the second is a short documentary called Xe Xe Smun Eem (Sacred Children): Victoria Orange Shirt Day, which is about Eddy Charlie and A Kristin Spray's journey to raise residential school and reconciliation awareness.