Danika Dinsmore is an award-winning writer, spokenword artist, and educator. She earned her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (founded by poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman). Her early writing career was built on experimental poetry and collaborative spokenword performances. While living in Seattle, she organized and performed with the 12-person Word Orchestra as well as the performance group ForWord FourTete. Her inspired performances earned her the Washington Poets Association award for Performance Poetry.
After moving to British Columbia she turned her attention to film, television, and new media working as an artist-in-the-schools and media literacy educator for Learning Through the Arts, teaching screenwriting courses in the Writing Department at Vancouver Film School and at Capilano University, and producing a film festival and new media forum for Women in Film and Television Vancouver.
In 2006, she adapted an original screenplay into a children's novel and saw the light. She was finally home. When not working on her Faerie Tales from the White Forest series, she travels to schools, conferences, and festivals across North America on her Imaginary Worlds Tours. Her background in performance, poetry, screenwriting, and education has served her well in the kid lit arena. And best of all, she doesn't have to grow up.
She blogs about her multi-dimentional writing life at danikadinsmore.com. She currently lives with her husband and their big-boned feline in Vancouver, British Columbia.