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Maritza Miari

Maritza Miari

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.





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

Megan Venner

Megan Venner is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years experience.  Her search for a challenge has lead her from the Maritimes to Canada’s North to the Alberta Legislature and now back to Nova Scotia where she has chosen to make her home.

Her freelance writing career has covered a wide range of issues from parenting to politics to business.  As a broadcast journalist she has reported on issues ranging from the impact of mad cow disease on Alberta farmers to oil and gas development in northern aboriginal communities.  She has worked in the press gallery of two of Canada’s provincial and territorial legislatures.

Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Kings College. She was a 2001 recipient of a New York Festival’s Silver World Medal for her work with CBC Radio North.

She currently works as a freelance writer providing material for newspapers and magazines as well as writing work for corporate clients. Samples of her work can be found at  She also blogs about life and loss at

Megan Power

Megan Power is a columnist for the Chronicle Herald and freelance writer for a variety of publications including Arts East and Inside Business. Megan has an MA in Creative Writing from Trinity University.


Heather MacKenzie-Carey

Heather MacKenzie-Carey, the founder of Pixie Dust Healing, comes from a medical background and has worked as a health educator, paramedic, teacher, and in counselling and consulting capacities. Heather is the author of Melvin’s Balloons.


Karen Kelloway

About the Author: Karen Kelloway is so enthusiastic about the story of the real, fourth-century Saint Nicholas that she traveled to Turkey to personally experience where the former Bishop of Myra lived and worked.

Karen started her career writing freelance articles for tourist magazines and newspapers in Whistler, BC. She now works as a business coach and has written a career book, Nail It™! Six Steps to Transform Your Career. Her business writing has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Atlantic Business Magazine and Progress Magazine.

Karen is an active member of the Nova Scotia Chapter for Breakfast for Learning, a member of the Nova Scotia Writer’s Federation and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. She is a certified executive coach through Royal Roads University and holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University. Karen lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, Stephen and two children. Visit Karen’s webiste or facebook page.

Praise for Raphael’s Riddle (a time travel adventure for young readers 10-15 yrs. old)
“Kelloway has done her research — and it pays off in this marvelous debut novel.”

Halifax Herald, Dec 2010

Angela Mombourquette

Angela Mombourquette is the adult non-fiction editor at Nimbus Publishing, a freelance writer, and the author of 25 Years of 22 Minutes: An Unauthorized Oral History of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, published by Nimbus. She is the former editor of Atlantic Books Today and former associate editor at Saltscapes magazine. In 2018, she won the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Magazine Award for social justice writing. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and web publications, including The Walrus and Broadview magazine. She has a Master of Journalism degree from the University of King’s College. 


Canadian Church Press Awards of Merit, 2019

Dave Greber Freelance Writers Magazine Award, 2018

George Cadogan Memorial Outstanding Columnist Award, Canadian Community Newspaper Awards, 2012

George Elliot Clarke

George Elliott Clarke, inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, was born near the Black Loyalist community of Windsor Plains, Nova Scotia, and raised in Halifax. The son of William and Geraldine Clarke, Clarke holds an Honours B.A. in English from the University of Waterloo, an M.A. in English from Dalhousie University and a Ph.D. in English from Queen’s University. He practices poetry, politics and journalism.

George’s poetry is written in a lyrical style, frequently alluding to religious, Black Loyalist heritage. While he has studied the Black literature of many countries, he gives special attention to Nova Scotia. The editor of a two-volume anthology of local Africadian writing, Fire on the Water (Pottersfield Press, 1991), George has written lyrics for the folk-gospel quartet Four the Moment. His poetic Whylah Falls was part of the 1996 CBC Radio Drama series and an acclaimed stage play in 1997 and 2000. It was also staged, in Italian, in Venice, Italy in 2002.

In 1998, he was the first recipient of the prestigious Portia White Prize, an annual award from the Nova Scotia Arts Council. Named after one of Nova Scotia’s pre-eminent musical pioneers, the Prize recognizes cultural and artistic excellence. In commenting on the prize winner, the Honourable Russell MacLellan, Premier of Nova Scotia, said, “Dr. Clarke was selected because he represents one of our best. As such, he is honoured with the most prestigious award that can be presented in Nova Scotia to a Nova Scotian artist.”

In 2001, Clarke won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for his collection Execution Poems , published by the Gaspereau Press. The Canada Council for the Arts poetry jury commented the “Execution Poems is raging, gristly, public – and unflinchingly beautiful. Clarke plays with rhyme, theatre and the shape of the book showing us justice as official speech perpetrates it and as ordinary speech registers it. He harnesses the pain in the history of racism and pours it into explosive, original language.”

His books have been translated into Chinese, Romanian, and Braille.


Alice Walsh

Alice Walsh graduated fron St. Mary’s University with a degree in Criminology and English, and from Acadia with a master’s degree in Children’s Literature. She has worked as a preschool teacher, probation officer, creative writing instructor and hospital ward clerk.

Alice has written numerous articles and short stories for newspapers, magazines and literary journals, and has written educational material for various publications. Her published work includes a non-fiction book for adults, as well as four children’s books. She has won the Childen’s Book Centre Our Choice Award and has been nominated twice for the Hackmatack Award. In 2005, her book Pomiuk; Prince of the North won the Ann Connor Brimer award.

Deannie Sullivan-Fraser

Deannie Sullivan-Fraser loves to help children find and tell their own family stories. Deannie’s writing centers on family and focuses on mainly on children. Johnny and the Gypsy Moth, published by Creative Publishing in St. John’s, Newfoundland and illustrated by co-pilot Kathy HildaRose Kaulbach, is based on an amazing event in her young father’s life. She is the author of a family musical, Time Shadows, where she wrote the play and the music. One of the songs, Making Tracks, was recorded for Sesame Street. Two other songs, I Had a Place and You’re my World, were recorded by the Ontario group, Arane. Deannie is currently taking her Master’s in Atlantic Canada Studies, at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Her thesis is Plants, Patent Medicines, Poultices and Pills: Home Medicine of Rose Blanche, Newfoundland. She has worked as an associate producer, production assistant and researcher for CBC Radio’s Mainstreet, a researcher for television for shows such as Reinventing Rituals, Marrying Well, Street Cents, Land & Sea and CBC special documentaries series, as well as historical feature film, Butterbox Babies. Deannie has also written articles for The Chronicle Herald and various other publications.

Jon Tattrie

Jon Tattrie is a freelance journalist and writer based in Halifax, Canada. He works for, Metro Canada, The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax Magazine and Progress magazine, among others. He’s a board member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and regularly speaks at universities, colleges and schools on journalism and writing.

The day after graduating from Dalhousie University in 1999, Jon got on a plane for Europe, where he spent the next seven years writing and exploring. He worked for the Edinburgh Evening News and the Scotsman and returned to Halifax in 2006 to take a position on the Halifax Daily News. That worked out well until the paper closed on his birthday in February 2008.

Since then, his freelancing career has seen him sweating in a Mi’kmaq lodge, exploring a nuclear bunker, sailing a tall ship and spending Christmas at the Airport. When he’s not writing, he’s often kayaking, hiking or teaching the martial art Choi Kwang Do.



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