Brad Cran has been the publisher of Smoking Lung Press, a contributing editor at Geist Magazine, an event host at the Vancouver International Writers Festival and a guest editor for Emerge: The Writer's Studio Anthology, 2005. He also edited an anthology of poems loosely pertaining to the theme of the blues, Why I Sing The Blues (Smoking Lung Press, $19.95), and had an abbreviated stint as a co-executive director for the Federation of BC Writers. His first poetry title is The Good Life (Nightwood 2002) was followed by Ink On Paper (Nightwood 2013), described as a collection of political poems. It was nominated for the City of Vancouver Book Award.

With his former partner Gillian Jerome he co-edited Hope and Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp, 2008). Hope and Shadows evolved from a project that distributed 200 disposable cameras to residents of the Downtown Eastside. It was nominated for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and received the City of Vancouver Book Award.

In 2009, Brad Cran's became the city of Vancouver's second poet laureate (following George McWhirter) from April of 2009 to October of 2011. Cran distinguished himself by having the guts to criticize the Olympic arts bureaucrats who had the gall to require B.C. artists to contractually agree not to badmouth anything to do with the Games. His essay Notes on a World Class City looked askance at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

In 2010, Cran spearheaded a successful publishing program for reviving ten out-of-print 'classic' titles from a variety of B.C. publishers in 2011. The first to be re-released was Daphne Marlatt & Carole Itter's Opening Doors. The other non-fiction titles were: Who Killed Janet Smith by Ed Starkins; Along the No.20 Line by Rolf Knight; A Hard Man to Beat by Howard White. Fiction titles were: Crossings by Betty Lambert; Class Warfare by D.M. Fraser; A Credit to Your Race by Truman Green; The Inverted Pyramid by Bertrand W. Sinclair. Poetry titles were Day and Night by Dorothy Livesay, Anhaga by Jon Furberg.

[BCBW 2015] "Poetry" "Downtown Eastside"