BRENDAN MCLEOD has been Vancouver’s SLAM poetry champion, was the 2004 Canadian SLAM champion, and runner-up at the 2005 World SLAM championships, held in Holland. Recently, he beat out over 500 original entries to win the 2006 International 3-Day-Novel Contest with The Convictions of Leonard McKinley (3-Day Books), a darkly funny novel about growing up. When he is not writing, he tours extensively in North America and Europe as both a solo spoken word performer and as a member of the music group The Fugitives. He has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo. McLeod lives in Vancouver.