Tina is a poet, playwright and actor from Vancouver Island. She is the current Poet Laureate for Nanaimo from 2017-2020.

She has honed her skills as a poet over the years working with many fine poets from B.C., including Patrick Lane, Kate Braid and Betsy Warland. Her work has appeared in literary publications and is included in numerous anthologies, edited by Patrick Lane and published by Leaf Press. Tina also has her first full length book of poetry, May 2014, with Leaf Press called ‘In the Bone Cracks of the Walls’. http://www.leafpress.ca

Her chapbook ‘Momenti’ was part of an art exhibition with a watercolour painter from Montreal, Loreta Giannetti. http://www.leafpress.ca/Tina_Biello/Momenti.htm.

These poems have also gone on to be classically composed in a CD selection called ‘Dolci Momenti’ by 2 singer songwriter sisters from Cape Breton, Annette Coffin and Marguerite Thorne.

She has a second book of poetry out in Fall 2015, ‘A Housecoat Remains’ published by Guernica Editions.

Tina has a long background in Theatre as an actor, playwright and performer/teacher of Commedia dell’Arte and emotional mask work. She has worked with students from high school through to University Theatre Departments as well as adults. She also performs her own work with these amazing masks from Blue Lake California.

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