Rachel is a freelance writer, editor and instructor with 20+ years’ experience. Clients include fiction and memoir authors, businesses, government, not-for-profits, and universities.
Joanne Light holds degrees in psychology, education and fine art (painting) from Acadia and NSCAD universities (influences ranged from Blake, Jung, Teilhard de Chardin, Vanier, Frye, Plath, Elizabeth Bishop and Roethke to Rothko, Borduas, Riopelle and Beuys). She taught in six provinces in Deschambault and Big Trout Lakes and Davis Inlet, Whapmagoostui and Kuuguarapik, Kimosoompotnak, Kitchee Nuhmay Koosib and Natuashish and five countries in Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong and in Abu Dhabi.
She has three juried acceptances at the Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio and Advanced Seminar in poetry with mentors Irving Layton, Barbara Klar, Sid Marty, Fred Stenson and Alison Pick; also, Yvonne Trainor at the Maritime Writers’ Workshop; Daphne Marlatt at Sage Hill Writing Experience’s Poetry Colloquium; Mick Burrs at the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild and Thomson Highway and Allen Ginsburg at the WFNS. Her most recent journal publication was two poems in Toronto’s Arc Magazine.
Light has published two trade books with Nimbus Publishing and three titles under her own press–Tapwema. She is presently finishing up a memoir: On, On, On, On: Stories of Teaching and Travelling.
Having travelled to twenty-five countries, she has lived for the past six years in her birthplace–Halifax.
She has given writing workshops in poetry nd travel writing at Dalhousie University and the Saint John Arts Centre and is a seasoned teacher and facilitator.
Chad Norman enjoys his life beside the Atlantic, having lived a number of years beside the Pacific.
His poems have appeared in magazines around the world.
He currently has 17 books of poems to his credit.
He loves to read aloud, getting his poems up off the page.
He arranges readings and talks and workshops in all levels of schools. he loves to visit the classrooms.
He gathers other poets and musicians together for his annual event, RiverWords: Poetry & Music Festival.
He is married.
He is a father.
His latest books are Selected & New Poems, and Waking Up On The Wrong Side Of The Sky (anti-bully theme for ages 4-10).
He loves to walk, and explore the seasons.
Kate Inglis lives along the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, where she was born. In November 2009 her first novel was published — The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods, a book January Magazine calls “a spirited tale, gorgeously rendered.” It was nominated for a Hackmatack Award in Nova Scotia and a Red Cedar Award in British Columbia. The sequel, Flight of the Griffons, was released in spring 2014. In fall 2015, Kate’s third book will come out—a picture book of monster poetry for 4-8 year olds. Her first award-nominated adult non-fiction book—Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief—was published in 2018 with Shambhala Books.
I am a professional illustrator, who creates artwork for publishers, self-publishers and the children’s market. I can custom design illustrations for any project and I always meet deadlines. I have illustrated over sixty books and covers for publishers and self-publishers.
I have worked with many self-publishing authors who are managing the printing production themselves or publishing through POD companies. I am familiar with the digital file formats required by Print On Demand companies and printing houses. Along with my illustration services, I can provide manuscript layout and planning, as well as cover and title design.
My fees are very reasonable and I do not ask for royalties from self-publishers and small publishers.
Compositions for my illustrations are first drawn with pencil and paper, then scanned and painted digitally using virtual oil paints. Programs I use are Corel Painter, Photoshop and Corel Draw. My favorite and frequent subjects are children, animals, insects, nature, fantasy and fairytales. I can work in many styles from high realism to cartoon, but my style of choice is whimsical with bright colors and lots of action.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a college degree in Printing Production.
BIOGRAPHY Maritza, artist and designer with over 17 years of international experience. University Graduated ISDI (Superior Institute of Design) 1993. Bachelor in drawing and sculpture (Fine Art Academy San Alejandro) 1988. Junior in Fine Arts (23yC) 1984. All in Havana, Cuba. Also she has several post-graduated courses.
An award winning children’s book illustrator, works directly with clients, manages projects from initial conception to final publication. Her work includes illustrations and designs for books, calendars, magazines, flyers, posters, logos, global image and others. At the same time she draws and paints on canvas, paper, wood, everywhere… she loves portraits, eyes, expressions, human bodies, mystic ambiences, fairies, and new characters with historical costumes…
Maritza is one of the founders of “Proyecto Artistico Mundo Vivo” (Art Project World Alive) 1995 and “Nueva Gente” (New People) since 2009. She received “La Rosa Blanca” National award from UNEAC (National Union of Writers and Artist in Cuba), Category: “Best illustrations for children books”, 2007.She has been recognized for having great versatility in her illustration style.
She has participated in collective and solo exhibitions in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain and Canada.
Once settled in Nova Scotia in 2010, Maritza started new projects and goals. She joined VANS and WFNS to follow the NS community and exhibiting at The Hub Gallery her work “Living”, 2011 and in June 2012 at View Point Gallery present with a local photographer the project “Playgrounds of the Fairies”. She is enjoying mixing in her works, her Latin background with the amazing Nova Scotian atmosphere than she and her family live in now.
BIBLOGRAPHY OF ILLUSTRATIONS PUBLISHED
Olga Marta. El Halcón Marqués. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2004.
Emilió Ariosa. El Delator. Editorial Capitán San Luis, 2001.
Otro elefante en la cuerda floja. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2008
Enrique Pérez. Aventuras de los Pelusos. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2008.
Esther Suárez. El viaje de mico. Colección DienteLeche, 2005.
Nelson Simón, Sueño en una noche de verano. Colección Dienteleche, 2005.
José M. Espino. El ultimo diente de leche. Colección DienteLeche, 2006.
Nersys Felipe. Corazón de Libélula. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2006.
Olga Marta & Alina Torres. Traviesos de la noche. Editorial Gente Nueva, 2009.
Ada Elba Pérez, Liuba María Hevia & Olga Marta Pérez. Como granos de canela. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2007
Ana María. Pequeño sol en Barrio Gris. Habana: Edicion
Upon moving to Coldbrook, Sandra and Ron Lightburn learned that autumn not only brought the spectacular colours of fall, it also heralded the arrival of many special visitors to the Town of Kentville. These unusual townsfolk had large orange heads, cornstalk bones and lots of personality! They had discovered the annual gathering of the Pumpkin People, who help celebrate the Kentville Harvest Festival. When they saw hundreds of these fun figures cavorting throughout the town, they knew they had moved to their kind of place! And as they saw the Pumpkin People reappear from year to year, Sandra wondered what they did at night while the town slept. This question inspired her to write her story, Pumpkin People. It has been said that the Pumpkin People are one of the purest forms of folk art. Her idea in creating a story about the “secret life” of the Pumpkin People was to turn folk art into folklore. Her picture book reveals that while the town sleeps and the October moon rises, the Pumpkin People come to life and gather at a nocturnal party to dance and play. Their secret revelry is seen through the eyes of two lucky children and their cat who join in the magical fun. Ron Lightburn’s colourful illustrations bring this secret world to life. And there is a special section at the back of the book to teach pumpkin fans how to build their own pumpkin person.
Sandra’s first book, Driftwood Cove, won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize for text and illustration and was shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature.
Pumpkin People reviews:
“The Lightburns…use gentle rhymes to guide readers through the otherworldly celebrations as the Pumpkin People sing and dance around bonfires. The illustrations are slightly eerie, sure to send shivers down the spines of young readers.” Deborah Wiles, Bookworms, Chronicle Herald
“Highly recommended for elementary school classrooms.” Resource Links
Paul is a versatile author: adult novel: A Real Son of a ‘Vitch; children’s books: The Aussie Six in Canada, The Aussie Six in Australia, The Aussie Six in Spain, and The Weirdest Class; book of satirical essays: You’ve Gotta be Kidding!; plays: Strike! and The Parasite/s; poetry book: Crouching at the Keyhole; numerous poems and stories in Canadian, U.S., Australian, and Spanish journals.
Born in the farmlands of New Jersey, Susan was interested in art from an early age. She spent her time drawing the natural world around her, playing in the woods, and helping her mother and grandmother with farm chores, feeding the chickens, milking cows and collecting the eggs. She was fascinated with animals, and had a ring-necked pheasant for a pet.
She knew from about the age of 5 that she wanted to be an artist “when she grew up”, and after high school she studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation, she taught art in Newark, New Jersey, while continuing her studies at the New School in New York City, in photography, and animation.
Susan moved to Canada in 1980. Her father’s family is Canadian, so she has dual citizenship, Canadian and American. This means she gets to vote A LOT.
Susan illustrated her first book in 2000. It was A Seaside Alphabet by Donna Grassby, published by Tundra. To create the illustrations, she traveled all over the East Coast, from Boston, Massachusetts to Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, finding the right setting and models for her paintings. Icebergs, puffins, all sorts of whales, bustling cities, quiet villages and dramatic landscapes – she was in heaven.
Her books have taken her to Sable Island through the photographs of Zoe Lucas, where she illustrated Jamie Bastedo’s story Free as the Wind: Saving the Horses of Sable Island. She has also toured the neighbouring province of New Brunswick, where she discovered more wonderful people and places (F is for Fiddlehead: A New Brunswick Alphabet, text by Marilyn Lohness).
Up Home, a poem by Shauntay Grant, was released in May 2008. Through Shauntay’s wonderful poem about growing up in the African-Nova Scotian community of North Preston, Susan got to know a generous people and had a great time painting a portrait of a childhood in a very special place. Up Home won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration and the Best Published Book Award at the 2009 Atlantic Book Awards.
B is for Bluenose: A Nova Scotia Alphabet, which Susan both wrote and illustrated. B is for Bluenose celebrates Nova Scotia through the alphabet, and takes the reader on a tour of the province including the Carboniferous Period of the Joggins fossils, the coal mines of Cape Breton, Pier 21 and the history of immigration.
At the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards, Susan won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Awards for Excellence in Illustration for Lasso The Wind, Aurélia’s Verses and Other Poems. She also won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Full Moon Rising (2003), Up Home (2009) and The City Speaks in Drums (2011).
Susan lives in Halifax with her husband and fellow artist Richard Rudnicki where she works creating paintings, illustrations and multi-media collaborations.