Brad Cran is a writer, accountant and social entrepreneur. Cran served as Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver from April of 2009 until October of 2011.
He published his first book, The Good Life, in 2001 and his most recent book, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (with Gillian Jerome,) won the City of Vancouver Book Award, was shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, was long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, and has raised over $50,000 for marginalized people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Cran’s essay, Notes on a World Class City, defended Vancouver’s progressive history and went viral in the lead up to the 2010 Winter Olympic games.
His second book of poetry, Ink on Paper, is forthcoming in 2013 and he is currently finishing his second book of non-fiction The Truth About Ronald Reagan: How Movies Changed the World.