Laurie Block is an award winning author and storyteller from Brandon, Manitoba. A former Early Years educator, he teaches and facilitates workshops in storytelling and creative writing for all ages. His first poetry collection, Governing Bodies, was published by Turnstone Press in 1988. Block has been a recipient of the Prairie fire fiction contest and The National Magazine Award Gold Medal for fiction. His latest book of poetry, Time Out of Mind (Oolichan Books) was released in Spring 2006.