Cameron Esler was born in Orono, Ontario in 1974. He has an honours degree in Cultural Theory and History from Trent. Cameron is a self-taught storyteller. A published poet and produced playwright, Cameron is also a cine-poet -- his films have been screened at galleries and festivals around the world. Cameron's work focuses mainly on taking visual realities and making them magical -- real magicalism. His family is from Northern Ireland, and this can inform his work, a contradiction of dry humour and dour pathos. Cameron is also a director of photography, visual editor and director of documentaries. Notable documentaries he has worked on are: Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow, Small Wonders, Superamigos and Burning Water.
David Bateman, Collaborator for The Bather:
Born and raised in Peterborough Ontario, David Bateman is a spoken word poet and performance artist whose most recent performance piece, A Brief History of White Virgins or The Night Freddy Mercury Kissed Me, was presented across Canada in 2009, and his spoken word monologue What's It Like? has been presented in Montreal, Toronto, Peterborough, and Cyprus (2010). He has a PhD from the University of Calgary (English Literature/Creative Writing) and has taught literature and creative writing at a variety of post-secondary institutions across the country. As well as The Bather (VTape) David has written and performed monologues for two other videos, directed by Adam Brown - My Powder Blue World and Little Wild Tree.
His two collections of poetry, Invisible Foreground and Impersonating Flowers, have been published by Frontenac Press (Calgary). His third collection from Frontenac is a collaborative long poem entitled Wait Until Late Afternoon, written with poet/novelist Hiromi Goto. His next collection of poetry - House of a Nancy - will be published by Frontenac in 2012.
David's visual art has been exhibited at a variety of venues over the years, and his most recent exhibit of paintings, The Poodle Diaries, was seen at Banu (Toronto) in July of 2008. He is also a free lance journalist whose theatre reviews can be found in XTRA, IN Toronto and on his blog at <http://godsavethedragqueen.blogspot.com/>http://godsavethedragqueen.blogspot.com/
by . POV, Spring 2011, no. 81.