2011 Authors

Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

AuthorPhotoShaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s first book was an account of the year he spent in deep cover, living with the homeless in Toronto’s infamous Tent City. Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown was nominated for the 2005 Pearson Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Trillium Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. The following year, he was awarded the Knowlton Nash Journalism Fellowship at Massey College and also played the role of Jason – a bad-mannered, well-dressed journalist – on CBC-TV’s The Newsroom. He currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Ghosted is his first novel.

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.

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 PassagesSimon Jesse’s Journey (for children) and, most recently, The Drowned LandsWilson 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 WritingFloating 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.

Sue Goyette

IMG_0923Sue Goyette lives in Halifax and has published two books of poems and a novel. She has been nominated for several awards including the Governor General’s Award and the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her poems have appeared on the Toronto subway system, in wedding vows and spray-painted on a sidewalk somewhere in St. John, New Brunswick. Sue won the 2008 CBC Literary Award for poetry and the 2010 Earle Birney Poetry Prize. Her latest collection, outskirts, will be published this spring by Brick Books. She currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University.

Elizabeth Hay

photo by Thies BognerElizabeth Hay’s seven books include short fiction, creative non-fiction, and three novels. Her most recent novel, Late Nights on Air, won the Giller Prize. She was born in Owen Sound, Ontario and worked as a radio broadcaster in Yellowknife, Winnipeg and Toronto, before freelancing from Latin America. For a time she lived in New York City. In 1992 she returned to Canada and settled in Ottawa.

Dave Lordan

a1_lordanDave Lordan was born in Derby, England, in 1975, and grew up in Clonakilty in West Cork. In 2004 he was awarded an Arts Council bursary and in 2005 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry. His collections are The Boy in The Ring (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2007), which won the Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish writer and was shortlisted for the Irish Times poetry prize; and Invitation to a Sacrifice (Salmon Poetry, 2010). Eigse Riada theatre company produced his first play, Jo Bangles, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in 2010. He has lived in Holland, Greece and Italy, and now resides in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

Alexander MacLeod

Alexander_MacLeod_cre_HeatherCrosbyAlexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. He currently teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and his first collection of short stories, Light Lifting, was a finalist for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Carmelita McGrath

serious professional photoCarmelita McGrath is the author of 2 short story collections, 2 poetry books, 2 poetry chapbooks, 2 children’s books and a historical fiction work based on the lives of William Coaker and his daughter, Cammie. She has won the Atlantic Poetry prize, the WANL/Bennington Gate award for Newfoundland fiction and numerous Arts and Letters Awards, and has been shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Award for Atlantic Canadian fiction. She is currently working on new fiction and poetry manuscripts. She is also a freelance researcher, writer, editor, communications consultant and workshop leader.

Don McKay

Don McKay.2009.by.Marlene.CreatesDon McKay has written many books of poetry, and a couple of volumes of essays on wilderness poetics. He has over the years received a number of awards for his work, including the Governor General’s Award (twice) and the Griffin Poetry Prize. He lives in St John’s.

Lisa Moore

lisa-mooreLisa Moore is the author of two collections of short stories “Degrees of Nakedness” and “Open” and two novels, “Alligator” and “February.”

She selected and introduced the “Penguin Anthology of Short Fiction by Canadian Women” and is the co-editor of “Great Expectations: 24 True Stories About Birth.” “Open” and “Alligator” were both nominated for the Giller prize, and “Alligator” won the Commonwealth Literary Prize for the Canadian/Caribbean Region and was long-listed for the Orange Prize and the Dublin Impac Award. “February” was on the Globe and Mail’s best one hundred books for 2009 and will be published in the U.K., the U.S., France, Holland, and Germany. Lisa has just curated an exhibit of Helen Gregory’s paintings at The Rooms, and teaches in the Lo- Res Master’s Program of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

Nino Ricci

Nino by Rafy 3-BWNino Ricci’s first novel, Lives of the Saints, garnered international acclaim, appearing in fifteen countries and winning a host of awards, including, in Canada, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and in England, the Betty Trask Award and the Winifred Holtby Prize. It formed the first volume of a trilogy that was completed by In A Glass House and Where She Has Gone, which was shortlisted for the Giller Prize for Fiction. The Lives of the Saints trilogy was adapted as a miniseries starring Sophia Loren and Kris Kristofferson.

Ricci is also the author of Testament, co-winner of the Trillium Award, and The Origin of Species, which earned him his second Governor General’s Award for Fiction as well as the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award. His most recent book is a biography of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series.

Nico Rogers

Nico Rogers bw 300dpiNico Rogers is a storyteller and performance artist, and has appeared at writing and folk festivals across the country, as well as on TV and radio. The Fetch is his first collection. He has taught writing and literature in post-secondary institutions in Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Edmonton and now lives in northern Ontario, where he is working on a novel which will be a thematic continuation of The Fetch.

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. In 2007, Breakwater Books brought out his collection of poetry entitled Around the Red Land.

Agnes Walsh

AgnesWalsh_photo_manuscriptAgnes Walsh was born in Placentia, Newfoundland. She is a poet and a playwright. She has published two collection of poetry, In the Old Country of My Heart, Killick Press (1996) and Going Around With Bachelors, Brick Books (2007). She is the artistic director and playwright for the Tramore Theatre Troupe on the Cape Shore of Placentia Bay.

In 2006 she was named the inaugural St. John’s Poet Laureate. Her poems have been translated into French, Portuguese and Icelandic.

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 PassageLove 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.