Danika Dinsmore was born in Glendale, California in 1968 and moved to British Columbia in 2004. She holds a B.A. and Teaching Credential in English from California Lutheran University, an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, and an Advanced Certificate in Screenwriting from the University of Washington

In 1996, Dinsmore co-founded the Northwest SPokenword LAB (SPLAB) in Auburn, WA and later produced the Seattle Poetry Festival, developing its Emerging Voice spokenword program for teens. She also created a curriculum guide for teaching poetry in the schools, published through a grant from the King County Arts Commission.

In 2005, she turned her attention to juvenile and young adult literature, and in particular speculative fiction, and began her Imaginary Worlds Tour program, using her background as a performer and educator to develop the curriculum.

She has taught creative writing for Learning Through the Arts, Vancouver Film School, Capilano University, ABCDE Sears Drama Festival, Vancouver Public Library's Book Camp, Creative Writing for Children's Society, and for schools, festivals, and conferences across North America.

She is a professional member of SCBWI, CWILL BC, and the Speculative Fiction Writers of Canada.



Ondelle of Grioth (Seattle, Hydra House, Feb 2014) ISBN: 978-0-989082-83-9

The Ruins of Noe (Seattle, Hydra House, 2012) ISBN: 978-0984830-12-1

Brigitta of the White Forest (Seattle, Hydra House, 2011) ISBN: 978-0-975404-29-4


between sleeps: the 3:15 experiment 1993-2005 (co-editor / contributor) (Seattle, en theos press, 2006) ISBN: 0975404245

Every Day Angels & Other Near Death Experiences (poetry). (Seattle, en theos press, 2002) ISBN: 0975404202

The 3:15 Experiment (with Bernadette Mayer, Lee Ann Brown, Jen Hofer). (San Francisco, The Owl Press, 2001) ISBN: 978-0-966943-03-0

[BCBW 2014]