2010 Authors

Pat Byrne

A published poet and songwriter, Pat Byrne has performed at numerous folk festivals, as well as on radio and television. He has also been active in amateur theatre. His academic interests include short fiction, Newfoundland literature and folklore, Shakespeare, and modern American and Canadian fiction. He has published on the interrelationships between folklore and literature, on the influence of the McNulty family on Newfoundland music, on the manifestations of the tall tale in Newfoundland literature, on invented traditions in Newfoundland popular culture, and on the influence of folklore and literature on the image of Newfoundland within the Canadian context. He co-edited Land, Sea and Time, a three-volume anthology of Newfoundland and Labrador texts published by Breakwater Books, which is currently in use in the Province’s high schools. He can also be heard on the CD Towards the Sunset, a collection of original Newfoundland songs, on which he is joined by Joe Byrne and Baxter Wareham.

Andreae Callanan

acallananAndreae Callanan (née Prozesky) lives in St. John’s, where she writes the popular Food Nerd column for alternative paper The Scope. Her poems and essays have appeared in Newfoundland Quarterly, Maisonneuve, and The New Quarterly, and on the CBC. She has received a number of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards for her writing, and was given McGill University’s Lionel Shapiro Award for Creative Writing in 2000. In 2009, her manuscript for sparrows, sparks was shortlisted for the Fresh Fish Award.

Jan Conn

Jan ConnJan Conn’s most recent book of poetry is Botero’s Beautiful Horses (Brick Books, 2009). Other books include Jaguar Rain: the Margaret Mee Poems (BrickBooks, 2006) and Beauties on Mad River: Selected and New Poems (Vehicule Press, 2000). Her work is included in How the Light Gets In: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry from Canada, ed. J. Innis, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, 2009 and in Regreen, New Canadian Ecological Poetry, ed. M. Anand, A. Dickinson, Your Scrivener Press, Sudbury, 2009. Her poem, “Space is a Temporal Concept,” is forthcoming in the Best Canadian Poetry in English Anthology, ed. A.F. Moritz, 2009. She won the inaugural (2006) Malahat Review PK Page Founders’ Award Poetry Prize and a CBC Literary Award for poetry (2003). She lives in Great Barrington, MA, and is a research scientist who works on the ecology and evolution of insects that transmit pathogens to humans. Her research takes her to Latin America frequently.


Antony Christie

Antony 2Antony Christie’s most recent book of poetry is Of Love and Drowning (Breakwater Books, 2010). Other books and chapbooks include Lubenice (Tidefall Press, 1995) and The Last will and testament of Jon Martinez de Larrumé (Breakwater Books, 2008). His poems, and the occasional short story, have appeared widely in magazines in Ireland, Canada and the UK.

Antony grew up in London, England, but has since the 1970s divided his time between a one room school in Grey County, Ontario, and a once derelict farmhouse in Northumberland, England, working with timber, stone and mortar as well as words. He has taught Creative Writing, Literature and Drama in Ontario and England, edited the Ontario Teachers of English magazine indirections, helped run a small press, and co-founded a very active poets’ workshop.

Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey has published half a dozen books, including Hard Light and Salvage (poetry), Flesh and Blood (short stories) and two novels. His first novel, River Thieves, was a national bestseller and was a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize. The Wreckage, published in 2005 was also a national bestseller and short-listed for the Rogers’ Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. His work has appeared in The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories and in The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry. His latest book is the novel Galore. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Tom Dawe

tomdaweTom Dawe has been a high school teacher, English professor, visual artist, editor, writer and poet. He has published seventeen volumes, including poetry, folklore and childrens’ literature. His latest works include Where Genesis Begins (Breakwater, 2009) and Caligula’s Horse and Other Creatures (Running the Goat, 2009) in collaboration with artist Gerry Squires. His work has appeared in many magazines, journals and anthologies. In the seventies, during the ‘Newfoundland Renaissance’, he was one of the founders of Breakwater Books, a founding editor of TickleAce and prose editor of The Livyere, a folklore journal. In 2002 Martina Seifert’s comprehensive study, Rewriting Newfoundland Mythology: The Works of Tom Dawe , was published in Germany and Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A. Recipient of many awards and honours, in 2007 he was awarded a WANL Lifetime Membership Award and was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Hall of Honour.

Anthony De Sa

Anthony De SaAnthony De Sa grew up in Toronto’s Portuguese community. His short fiction has been published in several literary magazines. Barnacle Love is Anthony’s first book. It was critically acclaimed and became a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2009 Toronto Book Award. His novel, Carnival of Desire, slotted for a 2011 release, will be set in 1977, the year a twelve-year-old shoeshine boy named Emanuel Jaques was brutally raped and murdered in Toronto. Anthony graduated from University of Toronto and did his post-graduate work at Queen’s University. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three boys.

Stan Dragland

Stan DraglandStan Dragland has published four books of fiction: Peckertracks, a Chronicle (shortlisted for the 1978 Books in Canada First Novel Prize), Journeys Through Bookland and Other Passages, Simon Jesse’s Journey (for children) and, most recently, The Drowned Lands. Wilson MacDonald’s Western Tour, a “critical collage” has been followed by three other books of criticism, The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in Contemporary English Canadian Writing, Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9, which won the 1995 Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian Literary Criticism and Apocrypha: Further Journeys, winner of the Rogers Cable Non-Fiction Award in 2005. 12 Bars, a prose blues, was co-winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award in 2003. Stormy Weather: Foursomes was shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award in 2007.

Dermot Healy

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Dermot Healy was born in Westmeath in 1947. His short stories are collected as Banished Misfortune (London, Allison & Busby, 1984). His novels are Fighting with Shadows (London, Allison & Busby 1984); A Goat’s Song (London, Collins Harvill, 1994); and Sudden Times (London, The Harvill Press, 1999). His autobiography is The Bend for Home (Harvill, 1996). His plays include The Long Swim (1988); Curtains (1990); and On Broken Wings (1992). His version of Lorca’s Blood Wedding was staged in 1989. His poetry includes Neighbours’ Lights (1992); The Ballyconnel Colours (Loughcrew, The Gallery Press, 1995); What the Hammer (Gallery Press, 1998); and The Reed Bed (The Gallery Press, 2001). He starred in the film I Could Read the Sky (Artificial Eye, 2002, adapted by Nichola Bruce from the photographic novel by Timothy O’Grady and Steve Pyke. Other work includes the text of After the Off (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1999). His awards include the Hennessy Award (1974 and 1976); the Tom Gallon Award (1983); the Encore Award (1995); and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award, 2002. He is a member of Aosdána and lives in County Sligo.

Joel Thomas Hynes

Joel Thomas HynesJoel Thomas Hynes is the award winning author of the novels Down to the Dirt and Right Away Monday (both available through HarperCollins Publishers) He co-wrote the celebrated stageplay The Devil You Dont Know and his most recent play Say Nothing Saw Wood, won the NL Arts and Letters Award for Best Dramatic Script and the Contra Guys Award for Outstanding Script a the SummerWorks Theatre Festival in Toronto.

This past year Hynes was presented with the Lawrence Jackson Creative Writing Award and was also named the Newfoundland and Labrador Art’s Council’s Artist of the Year.

Also an actor, Hynes has performed numerous leading roles for stage, film and television. He was a contributing writer and played a leading role in the CBC’s Gemini Award winning series Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, and recently performed in the Movie Network’s Re-Genesis, the CBC’s Ashore, played the lead role in the feature film adaptation of his novel Down to the Dirt, and is a principle cast member in upcoming feature film Crackie.

Hynes works with inmates at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, and is currently at work on a new novel and a new screenplay.

Tara Manuel

Tara ManuelTara Manuel was born and raised in western Newfoundland. She is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada, and as a young actress performed in many theatres around the country including The Saidye Bronfman Center and the Monument National in Montreal, The Royal Alexandra in Toronto, and the Manitoba Theatre Center in Winnipeg. She has also played lead and principal parts in a number of T.V. and film productions for the CBC, Producers Network, The Family Channel, and Vision Television. She is the Artistic Director of Shadowy Souls, a new shadow theatre company for young audiences formed with her husband, Michael Rigler, and is currently touring schools in the western district with their original production of “ST. George and the Dragon.” Her first novel, “Filling The Belly”, was published in 2003 by Thistledown Press. She is presently working on a collection of linked short stories entitled “The Invisible Woman”.

Alayna Munce

Alayna MunceAlayna Munce’s work has appeared in various Canadian literary journals and has three times won prizes in Grain Magazine’s annual Short Grain Contest. In 2003 she won second prize in the CBC Literary Awards’ travel writing category. In 2004 she was featured in the anthology Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets. Her first novel, When I Was Young and in My Prime (Nightwood Editions) was published in 2005. It appeared on the national bestseller list for Canadian fiction, on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers, and was nominated for a Trillium Book Award. A UK edition was published with Saqi/Telegram in 2007. She has read at literary festivals across the country.

Alayna grew up in Huntsville, Ontario, and has spent most of her adulthood in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto. She is currently working as production manager for Brick Books while wrestling a new novel.

Larry Small

Larry-Small-webLarry Small was born on Twillingate Island and grew up in Moreton’s Harbour, the home of his ancestors for two centuries. He did an M. A. in Folklore at Memorial University and a Ph. D. in Folklore and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, after which he taught at Memorial University until his retirement.

Sara Tilley

Sara TilleySara Tilley is a writer and theatre artist who lives in her home town of St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has written and co-written ten plays, and is the Artistic Director of She Said Yes! theatre company. Her first novel, Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008), won both the Percy Janes First Novel Award and the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, and was shortlisted for the Winterset Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize. In 2009,

Sara’s prizewinning short story Her Adolescence was published in the anthology Hard Ol’ Spot (Killick Press), and her poem A Child’s Pastoral of Brigus South was published with accompanying essay in Approaches to Poetry: The Pre-Poem Moment (Frog Hollow Press). Sara is currently researching and writing a novel based on her great-grandfather’s journey to Alaska at the tail end of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Des Walsh

Des 300dpiDes Walsh’s fourth and most recent collection of poetry is The Singer’s Broken Throat (Talonbooks). He has written a dozen produced stage plays including The Moon Shone Bright (Breakwater Books). Walsh’s screenwriting credits include the international hit miniseries’ The Boys of St. Vincent and Random Passage. Love and Savagery, his first feature film, was released November 13, 2009. His work has won many prestigious international awards including a Gemini Award and the Gold Medal at the Banff Television Festival in Canada, the UmbriaFiction Award in Italy, the Grand FIPA d’Or Cannes in France, and The New York Festivals Award and the 1995 Peabody Award in the United States.