Episode 4: The Consequences

There are few decisions in life that offer as immediate and profound consequences as becoming a parent. No matter how you get there, caring for and raising a child is an experience both unique and common. Life, and the nurturing of it, is a thread that ties us all.

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Traci Skuce, author, Because Fall is in Two Weeks

Traci Skuce lives in Cumberland, BC. Her fiction and personal essays have appeared in several literary journals across North America and have been nominated for several Pushcart awards. Her short story collection, Hunger Moon, was released by NeWest Press in April 2020. She founded The Writing Journey, an online creative writing school that focuses on narrative embodiment, deep reading, and the intricacies of craft. 

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Instagram: @traciskuce.thewritingjourney

Twitter: @SkuceTraci

Website: www.traciskuce.com


Performed by Mitzi Akaha

Mitzi is a bilingual (English and Japanese) actress who started her career in Tokyo, acting in commercials alongside Pharrell Williams, Kei Nishikori and Barbara Palvin, and on television with comedic treasures Koyabu Kazutoyo, Maeda Maeda and Kumicky for NHK's Terebi de Kiso Eigo. She has since starred in a wide range of commercials, music videos, and short and feature-length films in Asia and North America, with the J-Horror epic Bashira, directed by Oscar-winning visual artist Nickson Fong and co-starring Liam Aiken and Kiki Sukezane, next to come. She is also a published writer, illustrator, and animator and has multiple scripts in development.


Instagram: @lilmitz_

Website: www.mitziakaha.com

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Tricia Dower, author, Ashwin's Rules

Tricia Dower was a business executive before reinventing herself as a writer in 2002. Her short-story collection, Silent Girl (Inanna 2008), was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her first novel, Stony River (Penguin Canada 2012 and Leapfrog Press in U.S. 2016), was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Her second, Becoming Lin (Caitlin 2016,) was a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. A third novel is out for consideration. She won first prize for fiction in The Malahat Review’s 2010 Open Season Awards and first prize for creative nonfiction in subTerrain Magazine’s 2015 literary awards competition. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines in Canada, Portugal and the United States. Born in Rahway, New Jersey, and a graduate of Gettysburg (Pa) College, Dower is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. She lives with her husband Colin in Sidney, BC.


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Twitter: @TriciaDower

Website: www.triciadower.com


Performed by Geetanjali Trisal

Geetanjali Trisal is a 52 year old woman who was born and raised in India in

the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Her parents were very spiritual and she was raised in a very traditional way that taught her values and how to be a good human being. Her Father worked in the federal government in media. She was introduced to radio and television in early childhood. Geetanjali did her Bachelor's Degree in Commerce but her first love is acting. She has performed as a singer in various community events and fundraisers in Toronto. Geetanjali has also acted in a Punjabi music video. She also has her own Music video on YouTube where she is performing as a singer and as an actor. She loves fine arts and is aspiring to be an actress one day. Geetanjali loves to make friends and she has very good communication skills. She is studying to be a Real Estate Agent in the Province of British Columbia. Geetanjali is looking forward to get opportunities in the field of drama, acting, and storytelling where she can show her skills whilst learning and growing with people who share her common interests.


Instagram: @geetanjalitrisal

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