Jonathan Meakin, Executive Director

Prior to becoming the executive director of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, Jonathan worked for Alberta’s Ministry of Culture where he managed and promoted grant programs that supported writers, media artists, publishers, and arts organizations. Jonathan has degrees in English from the University of Alberta and the University of Ottawa, and has worked as a communications officer, university instructor, and arts administrator. He has published poems and reviews in several periodicals and anthologies, co-founded Edmonton’s The Olive reading and chapbook series that has featured poets from across Canada, and occasionally experiments with small press publishing. Jonathan lives in Hubbards with his family.

Robin Spittal, Communications & Development Officer

Robin is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a double major in English and Creative Writing. She was awarded the University Medal in Creative Writing, and was the recipient of the James DeMille Prize for short fiction. In addition to her university degree, she holds a diploma in Applied Communication from Camosun College in Victoria, BC. Her professional experience has been concentrated in marketing and communications, most recently as marketing and communications assistant at the Atlantic Film Festival. She has worked as a marketing assistant at Dalhousie Career Services Centre, and at Debut Atlantic as communications coordinator. She is a graphic designer and amateur illustrator. When asked where she’s from, the response is, "Canada." The daughter of a Canadian Forces soldier, she spent her childhood in a half-dozen places across the country, most recently in Victoria, BC. Halifax has been her home for the past five years.

Linda Hudson, Arts Education Officer

Linda earned an Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Masters of Arts from Acadia University, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies. She has been employed at several institutions, providing her woth diverse experience that helps guide her work for the WFNS. She has been a graduate Research Assistant at Acadia, completed her MLIS practicum at the Halifax Public Library, and was an intern at the Dalhousie Centre for Learning and Teaching. Linda has also assisted in the coordination of a number of events over the years (such as the annual CLT conference), provided literacy training, and currently also works for the Halifax Regional School Board in the Excel program.