Cecily Nicholson is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet, an exhibition and studio space for artists. She has worked since 2000 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and belongs to the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group. She is a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University and is currently a writer-in-residence for Simon Fraser University. In 2015, she won the Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry. Nicholson has written two poetry collections, Triage and From the Poplars, with her third, Wayside Sang, about movement and trauma in the heavily industrialized world, arriving this year.