2012 Authors

Elizabeth Bachinsky

elizabethElizabeth Bachinsky is the author of three collections of poetry, CURIO (BookThug, 2005), HOME OF SUDDEN SERVICE (Nightwood Editions, 2006), and GOD OF MISSED CONNECTIONS (Nightwood Editions, 2009). Her work has been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award (2010), the Kobzar Literary Award (2010), The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature (2010) the Governor General’s Award for Poetry (2006), and the Bronwen Wallace Award (2004) and has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England, China, and Lebanon. She lives in Vancouver B.C. where she is an instructor of creative writing and the Editor of EVENT magazine.

Gary Collins

Gary Collins was born in a small, two-storey house by the sea in the town of Hare Bay, Bonavista North. He finished school at Brown Memorial High in the same town. He spent forty years in the logging and sawmilling business with his father, Theophilus, and son Clint. Gary was once Newfoundland’s youngest fisheries guardian. He managed log drives down spring rivers for years, spent seven seasons driving tractor-trailers over ice roads and the Beaufort Sea of Canada’s Western Arctic, and has been involved in the crab, lobster, and cod commercial fisheries.

His writing career began when he was asked to write eulogies for deceased friends and family. He spent a full summer employed as a prospector before he wrote Soulis Joe’s Lost Mine. He liked the work so much that he went back to school to earn his prospecting certificate. A critically acclaimed author, he has written a total of six books, including Cabot Island, The Last Farewell, Soulis Joe’s Lost Mine, Where Eagles Lie Fallen, and the children’s illustrated book What Colour is the Ocean?, which he co-wrote with his granddaughter, Maggie Rose Parsons. The latter won an Atlantic Book Award: The Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration.

Gary Collins is Newfoundland and Labrador’s favourite storyteller, and today he is known all over the province as “The Story Man.” His favourite pastimes are reading and writing, and playing guitar at his log cabin. He lives in Hare Bay, Newfoundland, with his wife, the former Rose Gill. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Kerri Cull

kerriKerri Cull is from the small mill town of Corner Brook on the West Coast of Newfoundland. She has been a bartender, bookseller, waitress, administrator, radio show host, columnist, instructor, and is the creator of The Book Fridge. She currently lives in Labrador.

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.

Paul Dean

pauldPaul Dean is a geologist who has been writing short stories for The March Hare for ten years or so. Many of his stories are based in North Harbour , Placentia Bay where he grew up and where the home of his heart still remains. A few of his stories have been published in The March Hare Anthology and The Newfoundland Quarterly. He has also been known to sing a song and tell a lie.

Danielle Devereaux

danielleDanielle Devereaux’s poetry has appeared in Arc, The Fiddlehead, Riddle Fence, QuArc, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 (Tightrope Books). An alumunus of the Banff Writing Studio, her poetry manuscript-in-progress was shortlisted for the 2009 Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Cardiogram, a limited edition chapbook of her poems, was published in September 2011 by Baseline Press of London, Ontario. She is from St. John’s.

Stan Dragland

Stan DraglandStan Dragland was founding editor of Brick, a journal of reviews and founder of Brick Books, a poetry publishing house, which he still serves as publisher and editor. He has published three books of fiction: Peckertracks, a Chronicle (shortlisted for the 1978 Books in Canada First Novel Prize), Journeys Through Bookland and Other Passages, and (for children) Simon Jesse’s Journey. Wilson MacDonald’s Western Tour, a ‘critical collage,’ has been followed by two other books of criticism, The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in Contemporary English Canadian Writing and Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9, which won the 1995 Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian Literary Criticism. 12 Bars, a prose blues, was co-winner of the bp Nichol Chapbook Award in 2003, the same year Apocrypha: Further Journeys appeared in NeWest Press’s Writer-as-Critic series. Apocrypha was winner of the Rogers Cable Non-Fiction Award in 2005. His book Stormy Weather: Foursomes, prose poetry was nominated for the EJ Pratt Poetry Award in 2007. The Drowned Lands is his latest novel.

Adrian Fowler

adrianAdrian Fowler was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Oxford, and the University of Ottawa. For many years, he was Professor of English Literature and Language at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus. Prolific as a reviewer, editor and critic, he has also published poetry, fiction and scholarly articles. His primary focus as a scholar and critic has been on the relationship between literature and society, and he is especially interested in this as it applies to Newfoundland literature, more specifically how it reflects issues of cultural identity and cultural dislocation. Active in efforts during the 1970s and 80s to create a forum for contemporary Newfoundland writing, he helped to establish two little magazines and edited several anthologies of poetry, including Thirty-one Newfoundland Poets (1979) with Al Pittman. He read at the first March Hare, and been invited back several times since. In 2007, he edited The March Hare Anthology.  Although retired from full-time university teaching, he continues his research and writing as Honorary Research Professor and Professor Emeritus at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Jessica Grant

jessicaJessica Grant is the author of the novel Come, Thou Tortoise and the story collection Making Light of Tragedy. A Globe and Mail Best Book for 2009, Come, Thou Tortoise won the 2009 Winterset Award, the 2009 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the 2010 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. Making Light of Tragedy includes a story that won both the Western Magazine Award for Fiction and the Journey Prize. Jessica was recently named the 2010 Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. She lives in St. John’s.

Ruth Lawrence

ruthRuth Lawrence is an actor/writer/director from St. Jacques, Fortune Bay who has over 100 theatre, film and television productions in her credits. Her short films (Bark, Less Than Zero, Jelly Beans, Sweet Pickle) have screened across North America to great acclaim. Her five plays have been professionally produced across the country. The House Wife, co-written with Sherry White, is in the national anthology Two Hands Clapping (Signature Editions) and the short play Sweet Pickle will be included in a new Playwrights Canada anthology in 2012. As co-Artistic Director of White Rooster Theatre, she produced and performed in MonaRita, named by NOW Magazine as Outstanding Ensemble in Toronto Fringe July 2011. Past recipient of the NLAC’s Rhonda Payne Award, the 2011 winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Award and the 2011 Best Actress from the Atlantic Film Festival. Two Square Feet, her latest short film, will premiere in 2012.

Laura Lush

lauralushLaura Lush teaches academic English and creative writing at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. Carapace is her fourth book of poetry. She has also written a collection of short stories entitled Going to the Zoo. She lives in Guelph with her son, Jack.

Alexander MacLeod

Alexander_MacLeod_cre_HeatherCrosbyAlexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His first book, a collection of short stories called Light Lifting, was named a 2010 “Book of the Year” by the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, Maisonneuve Magazine, The Chronicle Herald, The Coast and Amazon.ca. The collection won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and was named a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Book Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award. In 2011, Light Lifting reached a global audience when it was named a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, an award recognizing the world’s best collection of short fiction. Alexander teaches at Saint Mary’s University and is the undergraduate coordinator of the Atlantic Canada Studies Program.

Stephanie McKenzie

StephanieStephanie McKenzie has published two books of poetry with Salmon Poetry, Cutting My Mother’s Hair (2006) and Grace Must Wander (2009). She has also published poems in The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Cotemporary Verse 2, Prism, Room, World Literature Today, Prairie Fire, The Nashwaak Review and Other Voices. She is currently working on a new collection, Saviours in This Little Space for Now: Poems for Emily Carr and Vincent van Gogh.

Donna Morrissey

donnaDonna Morrissey has written four vivid novels cradled in the Newfoundland culture and yet universal in the emotional upheaval and transcending of its characters. She has received awards in Canada, the U.S. and England and was most recently shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. Reviewers have compared her depictions of Newfoundland’s terrain and people to the worlds summoned up by Hardy and Faulkner. Donna’s fiction has been translated into several different languages. She is also a scriptwriter: Clothesline Patch (a short story) won a Gemini for best production, and was nominated for Best Writing as well. Her latest novel, What They Wanted, moves away from Nfld and onto the oilfields of Alberta, and has been hitting the best seller lists across the country and was shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers award. Her new novel, Yet to be titled, will be released by Penguin fall/2012.

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

lorriLorri Neilsen Glenn’s most recent books are Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry (Hagios Press, 2011) and Lost Gospels (Brick Books, 2010). An anthology about mothers of the 1950s is forthcoming from Guernica Editions. Neilsen Glenn grew up in Western Canada and moved to Nova Scotia in 1983. Former Halifax Poet Laureate (2005-2009), she has taught poetry and creative nonfiction in Ireland, Europe, Australia, Chile, and most provinces of Canada. She lives and works in Halifax.

Dave Paddon

davepDave Paddon (aka Snoop Doggy Doggerel) is originally from Northwest River, Labrador where he spent his early years listening to the songs and stories of the trappers. He started flying airplanes in the mid 70s and now works for Air Canada. After 20 years upalong he gratefully moved back in 2005 and was quickly bitten by the performing bug in St.John’s where he lives with his wife Kim. Still somewhat startled at the advent of a second career, he has had three recitations published with another in the works. And no, he does not compose while at work (hardly).

Karl Parkinson

karlKarl Parkinson is an Irish Spoken Word poet who won the Leinster Slam Poetry Championship in 2010 and was the runner-up in the All-Ireland Slam Poetry Final. In 2011, as well, he performed at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City as part of the Irish Rising Spoken Word Show. He has been a featured performer at the Glor Sessions and Brown Bread Mix-Tape and, in 2009, he won the Most Entertaining Video for Dublin at the Balcony TV Awards. His poetry has appeared in print in several reviews and in a chapbook from Wurmpress (2010) entitled A Sacrament of Song.

Craig Francis Power

craigCraig Francis Power is an artist and writer from St. John’s. His first novel, Blood Relatives, has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, the Fresh Fish Award For Emerging Writers, and was shortlisted for the BMO-Winterset Award. In 2011, the novel won the ReLit Award for works published by independent publishers.

Craig’s visual art has shown in galleries across Canada and elsewhere. In 2010, he was artist in residence at the Pickled Art Centre in Beijing, China, and in January 2013, he’ll be showing his hooked rugs in a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.

He lives in St. John’s.

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.

Leslie Vryenhoek

leslieLeslie Vryenhoek is a St. John’s-based writer, editor and communications consultant currently working for the research-policy network WIEGO. She is also an editor on Riddle Fence and director of Piper`s Frith: Writing at Kilmory, an annual intensive writing retreat held in Newfoundland in October. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Leslie immigrated to Manitoba as a young woman, and moved to Newfoundland six years ago.

Her poetry, fiction and memoir have appeared in magazines and journals across Canada and internationally and have won several awards, including the Winston Collins-Descant Best Canadian Poem, the Eden Mills fiction contest and two Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Awards. Leslie is the author of Scrabble Lessons, a collection of fiction (2009) and Gulf, a collection of poetry released in 2011, both published by Oolichan Books.

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.