John J. Guiney Yallop is a Two-Spirited writer and academic. His writing and research includes poetic inquiry and narrative inquiry. John is interested in stories of lived experience, identities, emotions, communities and gratitude. His most recent book is OUT of Place.
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 is an author and photographer living on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Her fourth book, Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief (Shambhala, 2018) won the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Literary Award. She also writes children’s fiction, including award-nominated novels — her fifth and most recent picture book, A Great Big Night, launched in September 2020 and was awarded a Kirkus star. Kate’s work has been featured in poetry anthologies, and she also co-authored a best-selling book on the craft of photography.
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.