Writers' Council Profiles
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A.J.B. (John) Johnston is the author or co-author of books and museum exhibits, as well as articles in scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers. He was made a chevalier of France’s Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of his body of work on Louisbourg and other French colonial topics. The best known of his history books is Endgame 1758, which won a Clio award from the Canadian Historical Assocation and was short-listed for the Dartmouth Book Award.
His two latest books, his 20th and 21st, will appear in 2020. First up will be Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns (Nimbus). Then it will be Ancient World, New World: Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst (Acorn), co-authored with Jesse Francis.
In 2018, John released The Hat, a YA novel that offers a 21st-century take on the Acadian Deportation, and Something True, which was inspired by the real-life adventures of Katharine McLennan in late 19th and early 20th-century Cape Breton and in France during the First World War.
In 2017, he was Writer-in-Residence at the Center for the Writing Arts in Fairhope, Alabama. Back in 2016, John participated as a mentor to emerging writer Linda MacLean in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program. From mid-April to mid-May 2017 he combined with Sal Sawler and Norma Jean MacPhee to offer sessions for the WFNS entitled “So You Want to be Published” in Halifax, Antigonish, Wolfville, Sydney and Yarmouth.
John has written three novels in the Thomas Pichon series: Thomas, A Secret Life in 2012; The Maze in 2114 and Crossings in 2015.
Back in 2013, Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island (Acorn), won three awards: “best-published Atlantic Book”, best PEI Non-Fiction, and a PEI Heritage Award. The French version of the book, Ni’n na L’nu: Les Mi’kmaq de l’Ile-de-Prince-Édouard, is now available from La Grand Marée (Tracadie Sheila, NB).
Released in 2015 was Grand Pré, Landscape for the World (Nimbus), co-written with Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc.
Most of his books are available as e-books.
John writes exhibits as well, including the “Vanguard: 150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians” for the Nova Scotia Museum and the ground floor of the Black Cultural Centre. The award-winning travelling exhibition Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island opened at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown and then travelled to the Museum of Canadian History in Gatienau, Quebec and other subsequent venues. More recently, John developed the storyline and texts for the revitalization of the Colchester Historeum in Truro. That exhibit opened officially in early 2016.
More information on John can be found at ajbjohnston.com and on Facebook at A J B Johnston, Writer. John is on Twitter at @ajbjohnston and on Instagram at AJBJohnston.
John donates his papers to the Beaton Institute of the Cape Breton University.
Grand Pré, Landscape for the World, 2015. Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 978-1-77108-271-6AWARDS
- Endgame 1758 was shortlisted for the Darmouth Book Award for Non-Fiction.
- The Canadian Historical Association awarded ‘Endgame’ a Clio prize as the best book on the history of Atlantic Canada published in 2007
- Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island (Nimbus Publishing), short-listed for best-published book, Atlantic Book Awards, 2014.
- Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island (Acorn Press), short-listed for best non-fiction book, PEI Book Awards, 2014.
- Biographical entry in Canadian Who’s Who since 2009.
- Both the exhibit entitled Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island and the book of the same name published by Acorn Press received a PEI Heritage Award, 2014.
- Alcuin design award (second place) for Phoenix Fortress, 1991.
- Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island selected “best-published Atlantic book” at 2014 Atlantic Book Awards.
- Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island selected Best PEI Non-Fiction Book at 2014 Atlantic Book Awards.
Alec Bruce is a writer and author whose bylines regularly appear in major Canadian publications, including the Globe & Mail, Maclean’s, Atlantic Business Magazine, Saltscapes, and Unravel Halifax Magazine. He was a staff reporter, writer and editor for The Report on Business, ROB Magazine, Financial Times of Canada, Atlantic Insight Magazine, Commercial News Magazine, and the Moncton Times & Transcript. He has won 12 Atlantic Journalism Awards, four international TABBIE awards, and two International Regional Magazine Association awards for his magazine journalism and commentaries. Bruce is the author of Keeping the Faith: The Story of Laura McCain (Margaret Norrie McCain/Goose Lane Editions, 2013). He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College/Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S.
Alec Bruce is regularly published in:
- The Globe & Mail
- Atlantic Business Magazine
- Unravel Halifax Magazine
- The Toronto Star (syndicated through the Local Journalism Initiative)
Alec Bruce’s professional awards include:
- Bronze, “Writer of the Year” in the 2022 International RMA Awards.
- Merit, “General Feature” in the 2022 International RMA Awards.
- Silver, “Commentary” in the 2014 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2014 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Silver, “Commentary” in the 2012 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Gold, “Regular Column” in the 2011 International TABBIES Awards
- Silver, “Profile Article” in the 2011 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Gold, “Regular Column” in the 2010 International TABBIES Awards.
- Gold, “Commentary” in the 2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Gold, “Magazine Article” in the 2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Merit, “Feature Article” in the 2009 International TABBIES Awards.
- Silver, “Business Reporting” in the 2009 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2009 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Gold, “Commentary” in the 2008 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2007 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2007 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Gold, “Commentary” in the 2006 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
- Finalist, 2005 Kenneth R. Wilson National Business Writing Awards.
Alice Burdick lives and writes poetry in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia and co-owned the former Lexicon Books in Lunenburg. Alice moved to Halifax in 2002 from Toronto, Ontario, where she was born and raised. She has also lived in Espanola, Vancouver, and on the Sechelt Peninsula in BC.
Burdick has been involved with the small press community in Canada since the early 1990’s, when she was co-editor, with Victor Coleman, of The Eternal Network. This very small ongoing imprint produced chapbooks, including several of her own works, such as Signs Like This, Fun Venue, and Voice of Interpreter. Her work has been published by other small presses in Canada, including: Proper Tales Press (a Time, My Lump in the Bed: Love Poems for George W. Bush); Letters Press (Covered); and BookThug (The Human About Us). It also has appeared in various magazines, such as Hava LeHaba (from Tel Aviv, Israel), Event Magazine, Canadian Poetries, Two Serious Ladies (from the US), Dig, What!magazine, subTerrain, fhole, This Magazine, and Who Torched Rancho Diablo? From 1992-1995, Alice was assistant coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair. She has also done numerous readings over the years in many different venues, including the Ottawa International Writers Festival, The Scream in High Park in Toronto, and the Halifax Word on the Street.
Alice’s fourth collection of poetry, Book of Short Sentences, came out in the spring of 2016 from Mansfield Press. Her last book, Holler, was released in April 2012, following Flutter, which came out in Fall 2008 (both Mansfield Press). Two collaborative poems have shown up in Our Days In Vaudeville by Stuart Ross and 29 Collaborators (Mansfield Press, Fall 2013). Her poems have appeared in Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, Fall 2005), Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence, An Anthology of Surrealist Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, Fall 2004), and in Pissing Ice: An Anthology of ‘New’ Canadian Poets, (BookThug, 2004, as well as other anthologies. Her first perfect-bound book was Simple Master, published in 2002 by Pedlar Press.
“Deportment“, a book of selected poems from the early 1990s onward, is forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press in the autumn of 2018. Her essays will also appear in three upcoming anthologies, “Home” from MacIntyre Purcell, 2018, “Gush” from Frontenac House, 2018, and “Locations of Grief” from Wolsak & Wynn, 2020.
Read more about Alice Burdick in interviews conducted by Alex Porco on Open Book Toronto and on Lemon Hound and in gallery form here. You can watch and listen to Alice read some poems on a beach here.
Book of Short Sentences. Mansfield Press, 2016. ISBN 9781771261098
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.
Books for Children
Something’s Wrong With Kyla’s—-Nimbus Publishing (1990)
Uncle Farley’s False Teeth—Annick Press (1995)
Heroes of Isle aux Morts—Tundra Books (2000)
Pomiuk; Prince of the North—Beachholme (2000)
A Sky Black With Crows—Red Deer Press (2008)
A Long Way From Home—Second Story Press (2012)
Buried Truths—Creative Publishing (2013)
A Change of Heart—Nimbus Publishing—2016
Mermaid: A Puppet Theatre in Motion—Gaspereau Press (2005)
Analyzing Sylvia Plath—Thomas & Mercer (2012)
Last Lullaby—Vagrant Press (2017)
Death on Darby’s Island—Vagrant Press (2021)
Alison DeLory is a writer, editor, publisher, teacher, and consultant in Halifax.
She’s the author of an adult novel called Making it Home (Vagrant/Nimbus Publishing, 2019); two children’s chapter books called Lunar Lifter (Bryler Publications, 2012) and Scotia Sinker (Sketch Publishing, 2015), and a story in the YA creative non-fiction anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL (Fierce Ink, 2014).
Alison has written news, feature stories and essays for publications including The Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Ryerson Magazine, Dalhousie Magazine, Medical Post, Halifax Magazine, and Canadian Traveler.
Alison was a finalist twice in the Atlantic Writing Competition and won prizes for her blog and poetry at Mount Saint Vincent University. She served as a judge for the 2017 Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and as a reader for the 2016 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. She’s been a presenting author twice at Word on the Street Halifax (2015 and 2019).
She has two degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University including a masters of public relations, and was editor of the alumni magazine Folia Montana there for four years. Her third degree is from Ryerson University in journalism.
Alison has been a part-time instructor at Mount Saint Vincent University in communication studies since 2013. She’s also taught at the Nova Scotia Community College and taught workshops through the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS). She participated in the WFNS Writers In The Schools program from 2009 to2017, bringing writing workshops into more than 50 classrooms province-wide. Alison has served as council member at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) since 2009.
Alison enjoys working with emerging authors on their manuscripts, and also performs substantive, structural and copy-editing for various clients including creative writers, business writers, and academics.
She is currently the Associate Director of Communications for the University of King’s College where she writes content for print and digital publications, and is editor of the alumni newsletter and Tidings Magazine.
1. Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis, Women of Excellence Award, Communications and Public Affairs, 2014
2. President’s Award, MSVU, 2013
3. Finalist, Atlantic Writing Competition, 2013 & 2011
4. Best Blogger, MSVU, 2011
5. Ekphrasis, Art Prompts Writing Poetry Award, MSVU, 2011
Born and raised on the South Shore, Alison lived in Quebec, Ontario and Japan before settling down in New Germany with her husband and two sons. Alison has a BA and MA in English Literature from Acadia University where she received the Bittner Award for Creative Writing in 1996.
Alison has published two collections of poetry, The Wedding House (2001) and Six Mats and One Year (2003), as well as a chapbook, Fishwork, Dear (2010), with Gaspereau Press. Her work has also appeared (or is forthcoming) in the literary journals Lemon Hound, Event, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Gaspereau Review, Fjords, Rusty Toque, and Guernica.
WFNS Writing Competition. 3rd prize poetry. 1991.
Pottersfield Portfolio Short Poem Prize. 1999.
CBC Poetry Prize: Finalist. 2013.
Allison is a freelance writer. Since 2003, she has worked from her home in Prospect.
While studying journalism at Ryerson University, she spent a summer working as a reporter for The Rural Voice, a farming magazine based in Blyth, Ont. She happily travelled the countryside talking to farmers and hearing stories about the latest breed of cattle and amazing new varieties of corn and cauliflower.
From Blyth, she moved on to work as a reporter at several daily newspapers in Ontario, including The Brantford Expositor and The Standard in St. Catharines. After landing a summer internship at The Globe and Mail in Toronto, she stayed for another two years writing and editing for the paper’s website.
In 2003, she returned to Nova Scotia, the place she had fallen in love with as an English and Russian student at the University of King’s College a decade earlier.
Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines. She has also written seven non-fiction books.
Her first book 250 Years of Progress: Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency was published by Nimbus in 2005. Her second book, Rum-Running was published by Nimbus in 2009. It was the first book in a series called Stories of Our Past.
In 2015, The Roar of the Sea, a book ghostwritten by Allison, was published by Boulder Publications. Her book, “The Saddest Ship Afloat”- The Tragedy of the MS St. Louis was published by Nimbus in 2016.
Broken Pieces, a children’s non-fiction book about the Halifax Explosion, appeared in bookstores just before Dec. 6, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the explosion. Broken Pieces was nominated for a 2019 Silver Birch Award by the Ontario Library Association and a 2019-2020 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award.
Allison also works as a writing coach with journalism students at the University of King’s College.
Allison Maher is a former manager of marketing for a company that invented “spy gear”. She now resides on a small farm in rural Nova Scotia.
I, The Spy is her first juvenile novel. I the Spy has been short listed for a Red Cedar Reader’s Choice Awared and is listed on Kayak Magazine’s Recommended Reading List.
Her second novel. Time Flies When You’re Chasing Spies, was short listed for a Hackmatack Award.
Allison Watson is the author of Transplanted: My cystic fibrosis double lung transplant story. She was born with cystic fibrosis and grew up in New Brunswick. After undergoing a double lung transplant and subsequently getting post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, she hopes her days of medical turmoil are in her past. Allison has a BSc in biology and recreational therapy from Dalhousie University. She loves board games, reading, and hiking.
As a writer of fiction, essays, musical theatre, radio documentaries and dramas, Ami is a dedicated artist who brings creativity and passion to her work. With over 15 years of experience in musical theater she has scored several productions, including The Clouds, Mother Courage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest.
She believes that the power and magic of a good story can only come through the strength of the characters, plot and place. Her work has been described as “a balance of stories – observation and internal musings, matter of factness and fancy.” Her radio documentary for the CBC, Daughter of Family G won an Excellence in Journalism Award at the 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards and her novel, Given, was awarded second place in the 27th annual Atlantic Writing Competition.
Born in Indiana, Ami currently lives in an old farm house in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia. She’s an avid blogger and is an active member of PEN Canada as well as an Associate Editor of Fiction for The Antigonish Review.
Her first novel, The Birth House was published by Knopf Canada in 2006 as their New Face of Fiction’s 10th anniversary title (publication by Luitingh Sijthoff – Holland, and Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag -Random House Germany to follow).
March 2004 27th annual Atlantic Writing Competition – H.R. (Bill) Percy Prize for Unpublished Novel – Second Place for Given.
May 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards – Excellence in Journalism Award (Finalist in the Feature Writing for Radio Category, Daughter of Family G)
April 2003 Gabriel Award Nomination, Daughter of Family G.
January 2003 Finalist in the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition – Illumination.
November 2002 – May 2003 Apprentice in the WFNS Mentorship Program (paired with Richard Cumyn).
Amy Spurway was born and raised in Cape Breton. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from UNB and a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. She lives in Dartmouth with her husband and three daughters.
Andre Fenton is an award-winning African Nova Scotian author, spoken-word artist, and arts educator who has represented Halifax at seven national poetry festivals across Canada. He was the 2015 recipient of The Spirit of The Slam Award. Andre is an author of two YA novels, Worthy of Love, which won bronze in The Coast Best of, and was selected for In The Margins annual Fiction Recommendation List to highlight best fiction and non-fiction titles focused on youth populations living in marginalized existences. He is also the author of ANNAKA that was shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature in the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards. Through the lens of fiction and poetry, Andre has facilitated workshops at over 30 schools across Nova Scotia helping young writers and performers develop their craft. He is currently working on his third novel, The Summer Between Us, and a feature screenplay. Andre is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Ode to Teen Angst (2016)
- Worthy of Love – Formac Publishing (2018)
- ANNAKA – Nimbus Publishing (2019)
- The Summer Between Us (2022)
- Spirit of The Slam Award – Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2015
- Youth Inspiration Award – Emerging Lens Film Festival 2015
- School of Applied Arts & New Media Waterfront Campus William F. White International Inc Award 2015
Andrea Miller is the author of Awakening My Heart: Essays, Articles, and Interviews on the Buddhist Life (Pottersfield Press), My First Book of Canadian Birds (Nimbus Publishing), and The Day the Buddha Woke Up (Wisdom Publications). She’s also the deputy editor and a staff writer at Lion’s Roar magazine (formerly called the Shambhala Sun) and the editor of three anthologies for Shambhala Publications, including Buddha’s Daughters: Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West.
Miller has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Dalhousie University. Her writing has appeared in The Best Women’s Travel Writing series, the Best Buddhist Writing series, The Chronicle Herald, The Globe and Mail, Saltscapes, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, and a wide range of other publications. Miller lives in Halifax with her husband and two children.
Andrew Battershill is the author of two novels, Pillow (Coach House Books, 2015) and Marry, Bang, Kill (Gooselane Editions, 2018). Pillow was longlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. Marry, Bang, Kill was named one of The Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of 2018. Recently, he was the 2018-2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Regina Public Library, and the 2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Public Library. He is married to the poet and essayist Suzannah Showler. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science at Dalhousie University with the goal of working in public service.
Pillow: a novel (Coach House Books, 2015)
Marry, Bang, Kill: a novel (Gooselane Editions, 2018)AWARDS
Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create Grant, 2018-2019
Scotiabank Giller Prize, Longlist, 2016
Kobo Emerging Writer Award, Shortlist, 2015
Sunburst Award for Literature of the Fantastic, Longlist, 2015
Andrew Wetmore was born in Digby, spent many years away, and now lives in Clementsport. He was a development officer in the early days of the WFNS, working on the Dramatists’ Coop project to improve the quality and increase the visibility of plays written in Nova Scotia.
As a playwright and screenwriter, Wetmore has written over 60 scripts, many of which have had productions across Canada and the US.
Since 2019, Wetmore has been the editor at Moose House Publications, which publishes books written in, or about, rural Nova Scotia.
Andria Hill-Lehr is a freelance writer and author of two non-fiction books: Mona Parsons: From Privilege to Prison, from Nova Scotia to Nazi Europe (Nimbus Publishing 2017) and A Mother’s Road to Kandahar (Pottersfield 2008). She is an entertaining public speaker who enjoys storytelling.
Andy Verboom is publisher of Collusion Books, co-founding editor of long con magazine, and author of six poetry chapbooks, most recently DBL (knife fork book, 2020).
His poetry has won Frog Hollow’s Chapbook Contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, been shortlisted for CV2’s Young Buck Prize and Arc’s Poem of the Year, and appeared in CAROUSEL, Prism, The Puritan, Vallum, and elsewhere.
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
Ann Graham Walker is a professional writer with nearly 30 years experience. Her journalism career began with the 4th Estate, a legendary Halifax weekly newspaper.
After moving on to CBC Radio, Ann was a current affairs and local morning show producer, working in the Cape Breton and Halifax CBC stations. CBC listeners will know the diversity this job entailed, producing, researching and writing stories on a huge range of subjects.
Her next job turned out to be quite different, but no less fast-paced. Ann became the principal writer for former Nova Scotia premier, the late Dr. John Savage. During her tenure in the Premier’s Office she did everything from writing around three hundred speeches a year to producing a weekly cable tv-show and acting as liason with the media.
In 1997 she ended her temporary soujourn in provincial politics and wrote a book for the Greater Halifax Partnership entitled Halifax – Canada’s Smart City. She began freelancing, as a regular contributor to the quarterly magazine, Nova Scotia Open to the World, as well as for other Halifax publications. She then took up what turned out to be a two and a half year post as the Atlantic Region Staff writer for national weekly newspaper, The Medical Post.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Ann has published poetry in the Gaspereau Review, Voices Down East, PRISM International, and in Vancouver Island’s Leaf Press. In July 2002, she put her snow shovels away, packed her garden tools and her laptop and moved to the west coast, together with her Irish husband, a border collie and three cats. There, she began taking master classes with poet Patrick Lane, published poems in numerous chap books Lane edited, I and published a chap book of her own :The Puzzle at the End of Love (Leaf Press, 2012). In 2008 she completed a two year degree and obtained an MFA in Creative Writing from the Port Townsend campus of Goddard College.
A true child of the global village, Ann grew up in Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Australia and the United States where she attended university. She now lives in Nanoose Bay, BC (on BC’s Vancouver Island) where she works as a freelance journalist and is completing her novel about growing up in Argentina: The Girl in the Garden.
Ann is currently also very busy volunteering as the president of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.
Finalist in malahat Open Season Awards and Prism Poetry Prize
Middle -aged, mixed-race and Mad, Kjipuktuk (Halifax) writer Anna Quon got a late start as a novelist and poet. And though she’s travelled as far as Russia and the Czech Republic to work on her writing, she’s still not sure she’s got the hang of it.
Happily, her novel fist novel Migration Songs found a home with Invisible Publishing and was released in the Fall of 2009. Her second novel, Low, followed in 2013; and in 2022, Invisible published her third novel Where the Silver River End, making a trilogy with her first two unrelated stories by bringing their main characters together in Bratislava, Slovakia
As well as working with traditional publishers, Anna enjoys making her own poetry books and has self-published an adult colouring book, Kindness. in 20017. She also loves to make short animated films of her poetry, including in 2020 her climate grief poem, Polar Bear, thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts . Her first professionally published chapbook of poetry Body Parts was released in the Spring of 2021 by Gaspereau Press.
Before she decided to call herself a writer, Anna held a number of different jobs, including day care teacher, fundraiser/ outreach coordinator for a shelter for victims of family violence, volunteer coordinator of a disability organization, and communications assistant for a provincial not-for-profit. She currently facilitates a writers’ group and an arts-related guest speaker series for local mental health organizations. Anna hopes the jobs title of novelist, poet, filmmaker and writing workshop facilitator will stick longer than any of them.
For samples of her writing check out her blog, https://annaquon.wordpress.com/
for an example of one of her poem films.
Migration Songs (ISBN 9780978218560)
Low (ISBN 97819743325)
Where the Silver River Ends (ISBN 9781988784878)
Body Parts (ISBN9781554472222)AWARDS
poem film Missing Women winner of Audience Favourite award for short shorts at Parrsboro Film Festival, 2017
Migration Songs shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award, 2010
Picture Books, MG Non-Fiction and Fiction, YA fiction.
Anne divides her time writing and teaching between Toronto Island and the LaHave River, Nova Scotia.
CLA Book of the Year Award for Children 2009 and 2005
Jane Addam’s Honor Award for Peace 2009
Mr. Christie Gold Award Best Picture Book in Canada 2003
Anne C. Kelly has loved to read and write for as long as she can remember. Her first publication was a class newspaper which she wrote with a friend in Grade four. She especially enjoys reading historical fiction and books about characters who discover who they really are after going through challenges in life.
Anne is an English teacher at heart. She taught English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) to adult newcomers to Canada for over twenty years. She loves learning about different cultures and traditions. She always says that she learned more from her students than they ever learned from her!
Anne’s first novel, Jacques’ Escape, was published by Trap Door Books in June 2019. Jacques’ Escape, which tells the story of a fourteen-year-old Acadian boy who is deported with his family to Massachusetts in 1755, is a middle reader for children aged 9-12. It was shortlisted for the 2020-21 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award.
Jacques’ Escape Trap Door Books (Nevermore Press) 2019AWARDS
Nomination for Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award 2021
Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children Prize 2001
Anne Louise MacDonald was born with a passion for horses and a vivid imagination. She retired in 2015 from a lifetime of working with animals. Her days are now spent enjoying her two horses and her raggedy black dog, painting, creating driftwood sculptures … and writing.
She had three well received picture books published early on. Then her first YA novel, The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green, became an international best seller and is printed in five languages. Seeing Red is a companion book, second in her ‘Hug a Horse Farm’ series, which continued with horses, kids with real-life problems and a bit of the paranormal. She also published the non-fiction self-illustrated My Natural Horses.
Over the years she has presented writing workshops for children and adults, and participated in many writing festivals and conference presentations. She is currently entertaining one on one writers retreats at her hobby farm in beautiful Antigonish County.
Nanny-Mac’s Cat -Ragweed Press 1995
The Memory Stone -Ragweed Press 1998, Nimbus 2002
The Dog Wizard -Ragweed Press 1999
The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green -Kids Can Press, 2005
Seeing Red -Kids Can Press, 2009
My Natural Horses -Hug a Horse Farm, 2009AWARDS
Nominated for the 2006 Snow Willow Award; ‘The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green’
Shortlisted for the 1999 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature; ‘The Memory Stone’
Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘The Memory Stone’
Resource Links The Year’s Best list; ‘The Memory Stone’
Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘The Dog Wizard’
Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘Nanny-Mac’s Cat’
Resource Links The Year’s’ Best list; ‘Nanny-Mac’s Cat’
Anne Simpson has been a writer-in-residence at the University of British Columbia, the Saskatoon Public Library, the Medical Humanities Program at Dalhousie University, and the University of New Brunswick, among others. She has also been a faculty member at the Banff Centre.
She writes novels, poetry, and essays. Four of her ten books have been Globe & Mail Best Books. Her short fiction has been awarded the Journey Prize, while her third novel, Speechless, won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her second poetry collection, Loop, was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also written two books of essays. The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness explores poetry, art, and empathy, while Experiments in Distant Influence: Notes and Poems looks at friendship, courage, and community.
Speechless (Novel), Freehand, 2020
Experiments in Distant Influence: Notes and Poems (Essays), Gaspereau, 2020
Is (Poems), McClelland & Stewart, 2011
The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness (Essays), Gaspereau, 2009
Falling (Novel), McClelland & Stewart, 2008
Quick (Poems), McClelland & Stewart, 2007
Loop (Poems), McClelland & Stewart, 2003
Canterbury Beach (Novel), Penguin, 2001
Light Falls Through You (Poems), McClelland & Stewart, 2000AWARDS
Winner of the 2020 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for Speechless.
Longlisted for the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Falling.
Winner of the 2009 Dartmouth Fiction Award for Falling.
Winner of the 2008 Pat Lowther Poetry Award for Quick.
Finalist for the 2008 Atlantic Poetry Prize for Quick.
Winner of the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize for Loop.
Finalist for the 2003 Governor-General’s Award, Poetry, for Loop.
Nominated for the Pushcart Prize XXIX for Loop.
Finalist for the 2002 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for Canterbury Beach.
Winner of the 2001 Atlantic Poetry Prize for Light Falls Through You.
Winner of the 2001 Gerald Lampert Award for Light Falls Through You.
Finalist for the 2001 Pat Lowther Award for Light Falls Through You.
Winner of the 1999 Bliss Carman Poetry Award.
Winner of the 1997 Journey Prize (shared with Gabriella Goliger) for “Dreaming Snow.”
Annick MacAskill is a writer and translator based in Halifax. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies across Canada and abroad, including Best Canadian Poetry, The Stinging Fly, Canadian Notes & Queries, the Literary Review of Canada, Grain Magazine, Prism International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine, Plenitude, Arc Poetry Magazine, Lemon Hound, and Versal. Her first full-length poetry collection, No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J. M. Abraham Poetry Award. Her second collection will be published by Gaspereau in the spring of 2020.
MacAskill’s poetry has also been longlisted for the CBC’s Canada Writes Poetry Prize, longlisted for The Fiddlehead‘s Ralph Gustafson Prize, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a member of Room Magazine‘s editorial collective.
B.R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Lois Duncan. When she’s not putting her characters in awkward situations, she works as a registered nurse in Halifax, NS, where she lives with her husband and their two children. You can find her online at bethanymyers.blogspot.ca.
Basma Kavanagh is a poet, visual artist, and letterpress printer who lives and works in Nova Scotia, in Mi’kma’ki. She produces artist’s books under the imprint Rabbit Square Books. She has published two collections of poetry, Distillō (Gaspereau, 2012), and Niche (Frontenac, 2015), which won the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2019 NS Masterworks Arts Award. The book-length poem, Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots (Frontenac 2018), was shortlisted for the 2019 J.M. Abraham Poetry award, and won the Book Publishers Association of Alberta’s Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry Book of the Year. Basma has taught workshops and courses on poetry, printmaking, bookbinding, and letterpress, and has formally and informally mentored emerging artists and writers. She has been an artist in residence at the Penland School of Crafts, the Banff Centre, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
2018 Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots (poetry), Frontenac House Press, Calgary AB ISBN 978-1-927823-81-1
2015 Niche (poetry collection), Frontenac House Press, Calgary AB ISBN 978-1-927823-30-9
2012 Distillō (poetry collection), Gaspereau Press, Kentville NS ISBN 978-1-554471-15-7
2018 “Entangled with Light”,in Aubade: Poetry and Prose from Nova Scotia Writers, Boularderie Island Press, Boularderie, NS ISBN 978-1-926448-26-8
2018 “Mittelschmerz” in Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for our Times, Frontenac House Press, Calgary AB ISBN 978-927823-79-8
2011 “Perfume” in Perfect Dragonfly, Red Dragonfly Press, Northfield, MN ISBN 978-1-890193-33-1
2010 “Transformers”, in Decomposition from Lost Horse Press, ID ISBN 978-0-9844510-0-5
Rubai’yat for the Time of Apricots
2019 Winner BPAA Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry
2019 Shortlist J.M. Abraham Poetry Award
2019 Finalist Nova Scotia Masterworks Art Award
2016 Shortlisted BPAA Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry
2016 Winner Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
2019 Co-winner Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize
2017 Shortlisted Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize
2017 Shortlisted New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize
2014 Finalist CBC Poetry Prize “Coda”
Originally from Dartmouth, Beth Ann completed a science degree at Dalhousie University. She works as an online ESL Teacher and Teacher Mentor, and coaches youth soccer in the summer. Beth Ann is passionate about the environment and enjoys being active. Early morning runs, bike rides, paddles, and yoga are her favourite things. She lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Gordie.
Beth Ann’s debut publication was a children’s book which she wrote and illustrated. Row Bot, was published in 2017 by MacIntyre Purcell. Said about Row Bot…
“Through clever text and hilarious illustrations, Knowles invites children to the sheer fun of wordplay. Younger kids will relish the sounds and pictures, while older ones grasp the comic subtleties. A highly original and fun book.” -Kate Lum, multi-awardwinning author, of What! Cried Granny and Princesses Are Not Just Pretty
Recently, her first non-fiction title was published by Pottersfield Press. The Kimchi Experiment:Naked Parent Teacher Meetings and Other Exploits of a Canadian in South Korea is a humorously written tale of two Canadian newlyweds as they test their bond and their fortitude teaching English in a rural South Korean farming community.
Beth Ann was the esteemed winner of two poetry contests when she was in grade 6. Her mother thinks that’s still relevant.
In 2020 she won the H.R. (Bill) Percy Creative Non-Fiction Prize for a story called The Hwagae Bath House.
In 2021 her manuscript, The Kimchi Experiment, came second in the Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction.
Binnie Brennan is the author of three books of fiction, Like Any Other Monday (Gaspereau Press), A Certain Grace and Harbour View (Quattro Books).
Co-winner of the 2009 Quattro Books’ Ken Klonsky Novella Contest, Binnie has also been published in several literary journals. Her novella, Harbour View, was published in the fall of 2009; in 2010 it was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award and longlisted for a ReLit Award. Her short story collection, A Certain Grace, was published in 2012. Binnie is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, where she was mentored by M.G. Vassanji and Alistair MacLeod.
In 2007 Binnie’s story A Spider’s Tale was adapted for the stage in Halifax, where it received critical and popular acclaim. Since 1989 Binnie has enjoyed a career playing the viola with Symphony Nova Scotia. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Blake Maybank works as a writer, editor, naturalist, speaker, photographer, and ecotour guide. He earlier spent more than two decades with Parks Canada as a naturalist and visitor specialist, but left to pursue writing and nature full-time. In addition to writing two books, Blake wrote a nature column for the Halifax Herald for five years, and serves as editor for a variety of nature-based publications, including Nova Scotia Birds. He continues to organise and lead nature-based tours in Canada and abroad, and photographs professionally. He is an amateur musician, gardener, and wine-maker.
Blake was born in Calgary, and has lived in seven of Canada’s provinces and territories, as well as England and Barbados. He is married to Martine Dufresne, a translator and botanist from Quebec.
Blanca Baquero’s origins are Spanish and French. Born in Chicago in 1944 and raised in New York, her family moved to Canada in 1959, making Montreal their new home.
Blanca has been writing for the past fifteen years. Her poetry has been published (in both the English and French languages) in a number of literary magazines, university works, and anthologies in Canada and in the United States. In 2001, the Canadian Authors Association chose two of her poems (Repletus and Child’s Play) to be published in their anthology. In 2001 she was the winner of the literary contest organized by the Salon du Livre de la Côte Nord in the province of Quebec.
For the past seven years the poet has been studying a Japanese form of poetry known as Haïku. In 2002, 2004, and 2005 several of her haïkus were published in Quebec by Les Éditions David of Ottawa. Additional highlights include: honourable mention in the Betty Drevniok Award 2005 organized by Haïku Canada; the publication of two of her haïku in Belgium in 2006; and third place winner in a haïku contest organized in Paris, France by l’Association française haïku.
Blanca is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, The Quebec Writers’ Federation, the League of Canadian Poets, Haïku Canada, Haïku Society of America, and the Association Française de haïku (France).
The writer moved to Nova Scotia in November 2002 and lives on the North Mountain near Canning where she is continually inspired by the pastoral beauty of the Annapolis Valley for her poetry and haïku.
Née à Chicago d’une mère québécoise et d’un père espagnol, Blanca Baquero réside au Canada depuis 1958. Poète anglophone depuis quinze ans, plusieurs de ses poèmes ont été publiés dans des revues littéraires, des anthologies, et des ouvrages universitaires.
En 1997, elle est déménagée à Sept-Iles au Québec. Déterminée à s’intégrer à la population francophone, elle s’est jointe à des ateliers d’écriture en français. Grâce à ces ateliers, elle est tombée amoureuse du haïku. En 2002, 2004 et 2005, elle été publiée par Les Éditions David d’Ottawa dans les recueils dirigé par Francine Chicoine intitulés Dire le nord, Dire la faune et Dire la flore. Haïku Canada lui a décerné une mention honorable dans le concours Betty Drevniok 2005. En 2007, elle a gagné le troisième prix du concours organisé à Paris par l’Association française de haïku.
Blanca Baquero est membre de la Nova Scotia Writers Federation, de la League of Canadian Poets, de la Quebec Writers Federation, de Haïku Canada, de la Haïku Society of America et de l’Association française de haïku en France. Elle habite en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 2002. Écrire est pour elle un joyeux délire ainsi qu’une véritable aventure.
November 2007: 3rd prize at the Festival francophone de haïku, Association Française de haïku et l’Association Culturelle Franco-Japonaise de Tenri, Paris, France.
May 2005: Honourable Mention — Haïku Canada, Betty Drevnick Award, Leaskdale, Ontario.
October 2001: Honourable Mention — Festival international de la poésie, Trois-Rivières, Québec.
September 2001: Honourable Mention for 2 poems — Anthology of Poetry — 2001 — Canadian Authors Association – Hampstead, Québec.
February 2001: 1st Prize — Québec North Shore Poetry Contest organized by the Salon du livre de la Côte-Nord, Sept-Iles, Québec.
Bob Kroll has been writing professionally for more than thirty-five years. His work includes books, stage plays, radio dramas, TV documentaries, as well as historical docu-dramas for Canadian and American museums. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Born New Haven, CT. Graduated Providence College and St. Thomas University.
Writing and reading have always been a big part of Brad Kelln’s life. From James & The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and Pierre Berton’s The Secret World of Og as a child to ripping through Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston’s fast-paced books as an adult, he has read continuously.
Brad’s own history of writing stretches back to childhood. Initially, he wrote and illustrated his own small books then began writing short stories in junior high (eventually having one published in the school yearbook). He started his first novel-length work in high school – an action/comedy about a trio of oddballs who’ve escaped from a mental institution (possibly a foreshadow of careers to come). That book remains unfinished, unpublished, and virtually unreadable. His current writing projects are much darker than any of his previous works would have predicted.
His first book, Lost Sanity (Insomniac Press), hit bookstores in October 2001 and was picked by the Ottawa Sun as one of the best mystery/detective novels of the year. The paperback version of Lost Sanity was released Winter 2002. The sequel, Method of Madness (Insomniac Press) was released in Fall 2002 and was a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns. He has now signed on with ECW Press for the Fall 2008 release of a brand new book, In Tongues of the Dead – a religious thriller based around real-life mysteries!
In addition to being an author, Brad also has a day job. He obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1998. He re-located to Nova Scotia to pursue his career in forensic work and began with Provincial Forensic Psychiatry Service of the Nova Scotia Hospital. He continued with the Service when it expanded to become the East Coast Forensic Hospital co-located with the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility. Forensic management briefly considered naming the new facility THE KELLN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE but reconsidered at the last moment.
Dr. Kelln continues to work as a clinical and forensic psychologist with the East Coast Forensic Hospital and also as a special consultant to both the Halifax Regional Police and the Nova Scotia RCMP on hostage negotiation.
Writer, director and producer, Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy has had two novels published by Pottersfield Press as well- Never Speak of This Again (2018) and The Silence of the Vessel (2020), which was nominated for an Atlantic Book Award. Four of Brenda’s plays have been on the stage at Strathspey Place, a 500 soft seat theatre in Mabou, Cape Breton- John Allan Cameron’s Last Show (November 2021), John Archie and Nellie (2016, 2012) , The Weddin’ Dance (2013), and Displacement (2014). Her play The Reiteach was put at two small stages in 2020. She was a featured writer at the 2021 Cabot Trail Writers Festival and also won the HR Bill Percy Novel Prize in 2017 for Never Speak of This Again. Born and raised in Inverness County, the mother of four is a teacher by trade, but a gypsy by nature. She loves to find characters along the way in life. Brenda lives in Skye Glen, Inverness County, with her wonderful and patient husband, Ed.
Bretton Loney is an award-winning former reporter, columnist and editor of The Daily News in Halifax and The Telegram in St. John’s. Newfoundland. His journalism career began at the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.
He was born and raised in Bow Island, Alberta and has undergraduate degrees from The University of Lethbridge and The University of King’s College. Bretton is a communications director with the Government of Nova Scotia.
His work has appeared in subTerrain, Toward the Light:The Journal of Reflective Word & Image and Between the Lines: The Journal of Hockey Literature. His work has also appeared in short story anthologies including Canadian Tales of the Mysterious, Volume II, and Canadian Tales of the Heart, both published by Red Tuque Books, and in Roseway Publishing’s anthology Everything is So Political.
In the Fall of 2018 he independently published his first novel, The Last Hockey, which is set in Nova Scotia in a dystopian future. The novel explores what is fundamental to Canadian culture after society crumbles, and what remains. It is available through Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and at select Nova Scotia book stores.
His non-fiction book, Rebel With A Cause: The Doc Nikaido Story, a biography of the late Dr. Harry Nikaido, a family doctor in Bow Island, Alberta, was published in 2015 by FriesenPress. It is available at FriesenPress.com
More information on Bretton’s writing is available at Brettonloney.com
Brian Bartlett was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, in 1953, grew up in Fredericton, lived for 15 years in Montreal, and moved to Halifax in 1990 to teach creative writing and literature at Saint Mary’s University. He will retire from teaching in June 2018. He has published seven collections and six chapbooks of poems, as well as Wanting the Day:Selected Poems, which was published internationally (by Peterloo Poets of Cornwall, England, and Goose Lane Editions in Canada) and won the 2004 Atlantic Poetry Prize. His other honours have inclued two Malahat Review Long Poem Prizes, first prize in the Petra Kenney poetry awards, and the 2009 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. In 2014 Fitzhenry & Whiteside published his first book of prose, Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar (a 366-paragraph book of days going from April 1st to the following March 31st), followed by Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal (Gaspereau Press, 2017), a “plein air” experiment, drafted outdoors by various bodies of water (lakes, rivers, brooks, ponds, marshes, bays, waterfalls, etc.). A selection of Brian’s prose on poetry from over two decades is gathered together in All Manner of Tackle: Living with Poetry (Palimpsest, 2017).
He has also edited the Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan; a book of prose, Don McKay: Essays on His Works; selections of poetry: Earthly Pages: The Poetry of Don Domanski and, all from The Porcupine’s Quill, The Essential James Reaney, The Essential Robert Gibbs, and The Essential Dorothy Roberts; and The Child Alone, an anthology of childhood poems from which parents and other adults are largely marginalized or excluded. His wife is Karen Dahl, a Halifax Regional Library system manager, and their two children are Josh and Laura.
Winner of Malahat Review Long Poem Prize 1992, for “Underwater Carpentry”
Winner of Malahat Review Long Poem Prize 1999, for “Hawthornden Improvisations”
Winner of Petra Kenney Internatioanal Poetry Prize 2001, for “Foot-doctor for the Homeless”
Shortlisted for Atlantic Poetry Prize 2003, for The Afterlife of Trees.
Winner of Atlantic Poetry Prize 2004, for Wanting the Day: Selected Poems.
Winner of Acorn-Plantos Award for Poetry’s Poetry 2008, for The Watchmaker’s Table.
Shortlisted for J. H. Abraham Prize for Poetry 2015, for Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar.
After completing his doctorate at King’s College, University of London, Brian Cuthbertson came to live permanently in Halifax in 1973 where he was employed as government records archivist at Public Archives of Nova from 1974 to 1984. It was while he was at the Archives that he began his publishing career which continued after he served as Head of Heritage in the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage from 1984 to 1995 at which point he took early retirement. He then embarked on a new career as a historical researcher. For the Halifax Regional Municipality, he completed the following submissions to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada – Melville Island &’ Deadman’s Island: Starr Manufacturing Site: and Halifax’s Memorial Tower (all accepted for designation as National Historic Sites). Among the 22 commemorative stamps he did the historical and graphic research under contract to Canada Post were – Confederation Bridge; the Cabot Trail; W.J. Roue (designer of the Bluenose); the Marco Polo; Tall Ships; Samuel Cunard; the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge and the Canso Causeway (celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2005); William Hall VC; and the First Flight of the Silver Dart. As part of the activities for Democracy 250 he was the historian for an online virtual exhibit: “The Evolution of Parliamentary Democracy in Nova Scotia 1719-2008”. For the Nova Scotia Museum’s series of Virtual Tours entitled “Cornerstones of Democracy”, he researched and wrote the scripts used for Uniacke Estate Virtual Tour and Government House Virtual Tour. Since 1998 he has been the editor of the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society.
Winner of the 1984 Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Prize; ‘The Loyalist Governor’
Briana Corr Scott is an illustrator and writer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She tells stories about the beauty of the natural world in her oil paintings, paper doll creations and children’s literature.
As a student at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Briana dedicated herself to painting and drawing from life, inspired by the work of the American Impressionists she admired at the nearby Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. Since moving to Dartmouth from New England in 2006, she has continued her passion for working observationally, applying these skills to her botanical drawings, illustrations, animations, surface patterns, paintings and words. Working primarily in oil, her art is inspired by the wind, light and presence of a place, which she finds as she focuses on capturing the strange, overlooked details in nature. Her residency at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland during the summer of 2019 was a turning point in her career. While hiking and painting en plein air, she allowed her art to merge by playfully connecting her oil paintings, illustrations, and prose.
Briana’s evolution into children’s literature is a natural progression of the poetry she has been writing since the age of 17. It brings together her fantastical series of paper dolls illustrations with stories that she creates while walking in nature. Her first and second picture books, “She Dreams of Sable Island,”, and “The Book of Selkie” were published by Nimbus Publishing Ltd. in 2019. She is currently working on “Wildflower”, to be released in spring 2021. Briana has shown her work in solo and group shows at Argyle Fine Art and Teichart Gallery in Halifax. Her work has appeared internationally in online features, films and magazines. She has read aloud from “She Dreams of Sable Island” and discussed her writing process and art practice at numerous events, including public talks at Argyle Fine Art, “Word on the Street” at the Halifax Public Library and the Museum of Natural History in Halifax.
Budge Wilson was born and educated in Nova Scotia, but spent many years in Ontario, returning home in 1989, where she lives in a South Shore fishing village. She began writing later in life, after teaching and working as a commercial artist, photographer, and for over 20 years as a fitness instructor. Her first book appeared in 1984 and she has now published 33, with 27 foreign editions in 14 languages – and has appeared in over 90 anthologies.
Budge has received 21 Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Awards; City of Dartmouth Book Award; Canadian Library Association Young Adult Award; Marianna Dempster Award; Lilla Stirling Award; 2 Ann Connor Brimer Awards; runner-up for Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize; nominated for Red Maple and CNIB Torgi Awards; finalist for Commonwealth Prize (Canada & Caribbean Region); appeared in first Journey Prize Anthology; finalist for Governor General’s Award (2006); shortlisted for CBA’s Libris Children’s Author of the Year Award (2009), for CLA’s Best Children’s Book Award (2009) and for Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award (2009); winner of Atlantic Independent Booksellers Choice Award (2009); winner of National IODE’s Violet Downey Award (2009). In 2003 she received the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Cultural Achievement; in 2004, Armbrae Academy’s Distinguished Alumnae Award; and in 2008, Dalhousie University’s Alumni Achievement Award. In 2004 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Her books have been frequently read and dramatized on CBC, American and Danish Radio. The Leaving received the ALA’s Notable Book Award and was listed among its Best Books for Young Adults, named a Horn Book “Fanfare Book”, School Library Journal’s “Best Books, 1992”, Library of Congress’s “100 Noteworthy Children’s Books, 1992”, National Council of Teachers of English “Notable Children’s Books, 1993”, NYPL’s “Books for the Teen Age, 1993”, ALA’s 1994 list of “The 75 Best Children’s Books of the Last 25 Years.” Her latest book, Before Green Gables appears to date in 11 countries and 7 languages, with a Japanese animation, and was recognized by Quill & Quire as being one of the “Best Books of 2008.” In 2009, Budge Wilson was the winner of the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award for Before Green Gables.
Budge has given readings, talks, interviews and workshops across Canada and in the UK., Lahr, Germany, Guadalajara and Mexico City. She is married to Alan Wilson, and has two daughters and two grandsons.
Before Green Gables has won the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Award, the National Chapter IODE’s Violet Downey Award, and Quill & Quire’s “Best Book for Young People in 2008.”
Short-listed for a Torqi Award, 2003 (CNIB), and Red Maple Award; ‘Fractures’
Shortlisted for the 2002 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature; ‘A Fiddle for Angus’
Shortlisted for the 2002 Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award; ‘A Fiddle for Angus’
Finalist for 2002 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award; ‘Duff’s Monkey Business’
Winner of the Lilla Stirling Award, 1998; ‘Sharla’
Winner of the 1993 Ann Connor Brimer Award for children’s literature; ‘Oliver’s Wars’
Winner of the Marianna Dempster Award, 1992; ‘Lorinda’s Diary’
Winner of the 1991 Canadian LIbrary Association YA Book Award; ‘The Leaving’
Winner of the 1991 City of Dartmouth Book Award; ‘The Leaving’
Burris Devanney grew up in Halifax, NS. He took degrees at Saint Mary’s, Dalhousie and the University of Ottawa. He enjoyed a full career as a high school teacher and administrator in Halifax, but also found or created opportunities to work in six African countries – Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Malawi. For twenty years he managed an NGO working in education, health and community development in West Africa. He and Louanne live in Halifax. They have two children, Sara and Matthew, and one grandchild, Henry Burris Leitch.
Carol Ann Cole is a best-selling author with four non fiction books and a growing number of novels in The Paradise Series. In July 2020 Paradise on the Morrow, third fiction in the Series was published by Moose House Press in Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia. www.moosehousepress.com .(Publisher Brenda Thompson/Editor Andrew Wetmore)
Carol Ann has received the Order of Canada, the Golden and Silver Jubilee Medals, the Terry Fox Citation of Honour, the elite Maclean’s Honour Role and numerous other awards. Carol Ann is profiled in ‘Canadian Who’s Who’ and in the 2005 edition of ‘1000 Great Women of the 21st Century,’ published by the American Biographical Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina. Carol Ann is the founder of The Comfort Heart Initiative and has raised over one and one half million dollars for cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society.
Carol Bruneau is the author of two critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, After the Angel Mill (1995) and Depth Rapture (1998), and three novels, Glass Voices (2007), named a Globe and Mail Best Book, Berth (2005) and Purple for Sky (2000). Published in the U.S. as A Purple Thread for Sky, the novel won the 2001 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award.
Shortlisted the same year for the Pearson Readers’ Choice Award, Purple for Sky was recommended by Pamela Wallin on the CBC’s Canada Reads and as a prime pick on her Chapters website. In the U.S., Booklist praised it as a “hilarious, moving and poetic book.” Kirkus called it “a refreshingly unsentimental debut […] deeply original in style. In Canada, Purple for Sky was included in The Globe and Mail‘s “Best Books of 2000.” They praised Bruneau as “a first-class storyteller who uses words magically,” and Chatelaine called it “a warm engaging look at the small dramas that shape our lives…salted with down-home metaphors and pithy observations.”
Considered “one of the brightest lights of Atlantic fiction by acclaimed novelist Joan Clark, Bruneau’s stories have been anthologized recently in Victory Meat, edited by Lynn Coady, and Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland, edited by Lesley Choyce. As well, Bruneau has contributed book reviews to The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Atlantic Books Today and the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, which has also published her essays and articles.
Besides the Atlantic Fiction and Dartmouth Book prizes, Bruneau has been awarded four grants by the Canada Council for the Arts, and appointments in 2001 as Writer-in-Residence at Acadia University and in 2009 as Writer-in-Residence at Dalhousie University. Among many guest appearances, she has read at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, the Eden Mills writers’ festival in Ontario, the Northrop Frye Festival in New Brunswick, Read-by-the-Sea in Nova Scotia, and the Winterset Festival in Newfoundland, where she appeared with Cape Breton writers Alistair MacLeod and D.R. MacDonald. Though born and raised in mainland Nova Scotia, Bruneau’s maternal family roots are on the island.
Bruneau teaches classes and workshops in fiction writing, and has also worked as a photo editor and a journalist. She teaches critical writing part time at NSCAD University and fiction-writing at Dalhousie.
Winner of the 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award; ‘Purple for Sky’
Winner of the 2001 Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction); ‘Purple for Sky’
Third-prize winner in the Sunday Star short story contest, 1996.
Awarded Canada Council Explorations Grant, 1994.
Second-prize winner for children’s writing, Atlantic Writing Awards, 1994.
Journalist Carol Johnstone holds a Bachelor of Journalism from King’s College and a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has more than 20 years experience writing — from technical analyses on mining topics to newspaper articles on business, profiles, the disabled, visible minorities, science, art, news events, and personal experience in a literary style.
Her work has appeared in the Associated Press, Atlantic Business, Atlantic Progress, Shambhala Sun, Visual Arts News of Nova Scotia, Iron Wheel, Halifax Daily News, Chronicle Herald, and North End News. She also wrote two “Careers in Chemistry” pieces for the 2001 edition of McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s grade 11 chemistry textbook.
Her business, Windword Writing and Graphics, has been in operation for more than 10 years specializing in production editing and graphic design of newsletters, flyers, conference materials, letterhead, ads, posters, theatre programs, and menus (skills include calligraphy, drawing, and oil painting).
Her latest project is printing and producing on-demand note cards using original artwork and photographs, sold retail to individuals and wholesale to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Drala Books, the Mu-Lan Chinese Cultural Centre, and outlets in the United States and Europe.
She currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 2005 she was awarded the Mayor’s Award for her contribution to literature and literacy and in 2010 received the Progress Women of Excellence Award for the Arts.
In 2012 Carol received the Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature for her novel Wake the Stone Man, which was inspired by her northern roots. The novel was published in 2015 by Roseway Publishing. Wake the Stone Man was awarded the 2017 Frye Acadamy Award.
Carol’s work includes writing for children, non-fiction, fiction, essays, book reviews and video scripts and her short fiction has been published in Room and presented on CBC radio.
- My Tummy Time Friends – 2019
- Time for Bed – 2018
- Maud Lewis 123 – 2017
- Let’s Point – 2017
- Let’s Read – 2016
- Look at Me Now! – 2014
- Wake the Stone Man – 2013
- Baby Talk – Nimbus Publishing – 2013
- Baby Play – Nimbus Publishing – 2012
- Baby Look – Nimbus Publishing – 2012
- Nova Scotia Guide to Frugal Living – Nimbus Publishing – 2009
- In the Soul of the House – Room of One’s Own – 2001
2017 Frye Acadamy Award, 2012 Beacon Award, 2010 Women of Excellence, 2005 Mayor’s Award
Journalist, novelist, poet, editor
Carol is a prize-winning journalist. She has a forthcoming adult fantasy novel and has published three young adult novels with Canadian publishers. She is a contributor to the non-fiction immigration anthology Coming Here, Being Here (Guernica Editions).
Riptides, Carol’s most recent novel, was published by Moose House Publications in 2021. Membrane, Carol’s YA fantasy was published by Fierce Ink Press in July, 2013, and will be re-issued by Moose House in 2022. Her contemporary YA novel, Charged, was published by James Lorimer in 2008.
Her adult fantasy, Glow, will be published by Moose House in 2023. She is one of more than 20 writers to participate in a group novel-writing adventure called Less Than Innocent to be published by Moose House in 2022.
UK-born Carol has also worked as a magazine and newspaper reporter and editor in Canada, England and Asia. She is a former editor of Celtic Life International magazine and is currently a partner in the Atlantic Canadian business news site www.entrevestor.com.
Carol has an English degree from London University and also studied Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Shanghai and London’s Ealing School of Languages.
Atlantic Journalism Awards, Best Magazine Article 2011
Atlantic Journalism Awards, Best Magazine Article (shared) 2009
WFNS contest for unpublished manuscripts: honourable mention, writing for children, 2009
WFNS contest for unpublished manuscripts: finalist in the poetry category, 2015
Nova Writes contest for unpublished manuscripts: finalist in the adult novel category, 2016
Carol is writing a book entitled, The Darling Cannibals. She’s also an editor with Editors’ Association of Canada. Her forte is dialogue and character dynamic. She has been an actor and playwright in eight provinces for 35 years.
Recent projects are: The Last Bean Supper, about the loss of women volunteers with the closing of our churches, Far Flung, about immigrants setting up in rural Canada, and Vis Viva, about the women in early science. She was invited as Atlantic rep of the Canadian delegation to an international gathering of female playwrights in Mumbai, India, for her hard-hitting drama, Come Unto Me, about a social worker who turns vigilante when a kiddie porn pervert is publically named and then sent home to await trial.
Carol has combined writing and performance for TV as an issue satirist on Rita Deverell’s Skylight Series for Vision TV. Three early years at Second City forged her conviction that humour propels message. Screenplays of her all-female cast comedy Idyll Gossip and the highly romantic comedy, The Summer of the Handley-Page have been funded by Ontario Film Development and Telefilm. The latter script was also produced for national radio by CBC, as was her one-woman tour de force, Brownie from Hell. She has been, for fourteen years, director of Sinc Ink. She is currently fund-raising to produce her adaptation of ScotiaGiller prize-winner Linden MacInyre’s novel, Causeway.
Ship’s Company Theatre premiered her play, Ferry Tales, her play, Share, and her large-cast comedy, The Summer of the Handley-Page. Another huge-cast piece, Firefly, was staged at Dal Theatre as well as the Blyth Festival.
She has been writer in residence at St. FX, and with Dalhousie’s Medical Humanities, where she wrote Défense de Fumer, which toured Nova Scotia, Ottawa, Vancouver, Charlottetown, Saint John, and Arviat, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit, Nunavut.
A multiple recipient of awards from Canada Council’s Writing and Theatre Sections, and the Provincial Councils of Ontario and NS, and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, her other professionally produced plays include Young Hate (GG nominated) Brownie From Hell (Crow’s Theatre, Toronto), Firefly (Blyth Festival, Blyth, ON) Idyll Gossip, Presents and Old Boots (Mulgrave Road Theatre, NS), Hansel & Gretel & Handsome & Grateful (Festival Antigonish).
Professional productions have been as far-reaching as Toscana, Italy; Galway, Ireland; Perth, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; London, England; Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia; and in Cincinnati, US, as well as in every province in Canada and Nunavut. Carol is a member of WIF-T Atlantic, the Editors’ Association of Canada, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and ACTRA.
Carole Glasser Langille is the author of 4 books of poetry, 2 collections of short stories, 2 children’s books and a non-fiction book “Doing Time: Writing Workshops in Prison.”
Her second book of poetry, In Cannon Cave, was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 1997, and the Atlantic Poetry Prize in 1998. “I Am What I Am Because You Are What You Are,” her second collection of short stories, was nominated for the Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction. Her children’s book, Where the Wind Sleeps, was the Canadian Children’s Book Center Choice in 1996.
Several selections from Carole Glasser Langille’s book of poetry, Late In A Slow Time, have been adapted to music by renowned Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin. The production, also called Late In A Slow Time debuted at the 2006 Sound Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland and will be on Duo Concertante’s forthcoming CD.
Originally from New York City, where she studied with the poets John Ashbery and Carolyn Forche among others, Carole now lives in Black Point, Nova Scotia.
She has taught at The Humber School for Writing Summer Program, Maritime Writer’s Workshop, the Community of Writers in Tatamagouche, and at Women’s Words the University of Alberta. She has taught Creative Writing at Mount Saint Vincent University, Writing for the Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and currently teaches Creative Writing: Poetry at Dalhousie University.
Carole has given poetry readings in Athens, Delhi, Prague, London England, New York City, Kirkcudbright Scotland, and throughout Canada. She has received Canada Council Grants for poetry, non-fiction and fiction as well as Nova Scotia Cultural Arts grants for poetry and fiction.
Doing Time, Writing Workshops in Prison, (non-fiction) Pottersfield Press, (January 2020)
I Am What I Am Because You Are What You Are, (linked short stories) Gaspereau Press (Oct. 2015)
Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems, Pedlar Press, Toronto (Fall 2012)
When I Always Wanted Something (Short Stories) Mercury Press, Toronto, Ontario, (Fall 2008)
Late In A Slow Time (Poetry) Mansfield Press, Toronto, Ont., Spring 2003
In Cannon Cave (Poetry) Brick Books, London, Ontario 1997
All That Glitters in Water (Poetry) New Poetry Series, Baltimore, Maryland 1990
Interview With A Stick Collector (Children’s Book) Roseway Publishing, Lockeport, 2004
Where the Wind Sleeps (Children’s Book) Roseway Publishing, Lockeport, Nova Scotia 1996
I Am What I Am Because You Are What You Are, Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction, 2016
Established Artist Recognition Award, 2013 from Arts Nova Scotia
Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems, nominated for The Atlantic Poetry Award, 2013
When I Always Wanted Something Long-listed, 2009 ReLit Award (short fiction)
Finalist, CBC Literary Contest, Poetry, 2004
Nominated for the 1998 Atlantic Poetry Prize; ‘In Cannon Cave’
Nominated for the 1997 Governor General’s Award; ‘In Cannon Cave’
Canadian Children’s Book Choice in 1996; ‘Where the Wind Sleeps’
Nominated for the 1998 Atlantic Poetry Prize; ‘In Cannon Cave’
I have been writing for many years, wrote commuity news colums for Bedford Sackville News, wrote 500 word articles for National Review of Medicine published in both print and online, and for a time I had a column with the Dartmouth Lakers, mostly consiting of health related articles. I wrote and self published “Secret Diaries of a Nurse and other short stories” and Electronic Nicotine Delivery System. Writing has always paid me a little but my bred and butter and money to pay the mortagage came from nursing.
Carolyn Ann Vaughan RN
My interest is in researching and writing historical fiction and non-fiction. My book, William Forsyth: Land of Hopes and Dreams – a story from early Nova Scotia, was published in 2021 and my second book has the working title Traitors, Cannibals, Highlanders, and Vikings. It’s about the people who came to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in the 1700s and early 1800s. It is due to be published in March 2023.
- William Forsyth: Land of Hopes and Dreams – a story from early Nova Scotia (Moose House Press, November 2021)
- Traitors, Cannibals, Highlanders, and Vikings (due to be published by Moose House Press in the spring of 2023)