2013 Authors

Brian Bartlett

37404837563AB5D48Brian Bartlett of Halifax is the author of six full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Watchmaker’s Table (Goose Lane, 2008), winner of the 2009 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry, and The Afterlife of Trees (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2002). His Wanting the Day: Selected Poems, published Goose Lane Editions in Canada and Peterloo Poets in England, was honoured with the Atlantic Poetry Prize. The most recent of his five chapbooks are Being Charlie (Alfred Gustav Press, 2009) and Travels of the Watch (Gaspereau, 2004). Bartlett has also edited four books, one of prose – Don McKay: Essays on His Works (Guernica, 2006) – and three of selected poems: Earthly Pages: The Poetry of Don Domanski (Wilfred Laurier UP, 2007), The Essential James Reaney (Porcupine’s Quill, 2009), and The Essential Robert Gibbs (Porcupine’s Quill, 2012). Since 1990 has taught creative writing and literature at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. He is currently seeking publishers for two manuscripts: a collection of seven haiku-montages, and a “book of days” composed of 365 paragraphs of nature writing.

Mark Callanan

MarkCallananMark Callanan is the author of Scarecrow (Killick Press, 2003), which was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry; Sea Legend (Frog Hollow Press, 2010), shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award; and Gift Horse (Véhicule Press, 2011), shortlisted for the BMO Winterset Award. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets and Open Wide A Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems. He is currently the Poetry Reviews Editor for Canadian Notes & Queries. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Michael Crummey

crummyMichael 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 last novel, Galore published by Doubleday Canada, was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He has a new book of poems coming out in the spring of 2013 from Anansi entitled Under the Keel.

Kerri Cull

SONY DSCKerri Cull is the founder of The Book Fridge blog and has authored one book of poetry called Soak (Breakwater, 2012). After taking her Master of Arts in English from Memorial University in 2004, she used her education in print media, publishing, broadcasting, teaching and writing. She is simultaneously working on a short fiction collection, a new poetry manuscript, and a Bachelor in Education. She lives in Gander.

Tanya Davis

tanyaTanya Davis was the 2011/12 Poet Laureate of Halifax, NS. Her videopoem How to be Alone, has had over 5 million views on youtube, attracting fans and supporters from the world over. She’s been commissioned by the likes of CBC, The National Film Board of Canada, and Canada Games to pen poems and verse for radio, film, and live performance and she frequently collaborates across artistic genres and media. Tanya tours regularly and internationally as a poet, speaker, and musician and has, thus far, released 3 albums and 1 book.

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.

Robin Durnford

Publisher Pic--Robin DurnfordRobin Durnford grew up on the west coast of Newfoundland; she lived in Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Georgia, before returning to live on the bay of St. George. Her poetry and prose has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines, including The Antigonish Review, CV2, Grain, Vallum, and The Nashwaak Review. A Lovely Gutting (McGill-Queen’s 2012) is her first book of poetry. An illuminated book,Fog of the Outport, will be published by Jackpine Press later this year.

Roy Dwyer

DSCF0022-1Roy Dwyer is a high school teacher who has spent most of his career on Fogo Island. In his free time, he likes to play hockey and act as a volunteer tour guide for Dwyer Premises and over the hiking trails of the area. He has also spent a lot of time on the water, having crewed for several seasons on the White Foam fishing for crab, as well as working as a professional sealer and fish harvester, handlining a commercial quota of 3500 pounds. In his literary life, he has published three books, A Strange Twilight, A Fisherman’s Legacy and The Turn of the Tide, a trilogy in the Old Harbours Series. Also a performer of traditional recitations, he has taken part in various heritage events. Roy is a founding and active member of Tilting Recreation and Cultural Society.

John Ennis

ennisJohn Ennis is the author of thirteen books of poetry. He retired (31 August 2009) as Head of School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology, where he was also Chair of the Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies. He worked for forty years in education in Waterford. His last long poem was Oisín’s Journey Home (2006), a work in praise of the people who built and served Newfoundland’s now defunct railway. He has acted as editor for Poetry Ireland Review. He served on the Executive of Poetry Ireland for eleven years. Awards have included The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1975, numerous firsts in the Listowel Open, for many years Ireland’s premier literary festival, and The Irish American Cultural Institute Award in 1996. Since 2003. he has co-edited three anthologies of Canadian – Irish Poetry: The Backyards of Heaven (2003), However Blow the Winds (2004, The Echoing Years (2007); he edited a further All-Canadian Anthology How the Light Gets in …(2009). In 2008, Memorial University of Newfoundland at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Laws “. . .[for] fostering links between Ireland and Newfoundland, and for his poetry”. In 2010, his work was substantially represented in the Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry. In 2011, he was commissioned to write the words for the finale –anthem of Come the Sails, a choral work to honour The Tall Ships in Waterford. In 2012, his work was selected for Poetry Ireland Review, Stinging Fly, Riddle Fence, Outburst, New Hibernia Review, Boyneberries, The Burning Bush, Catechism Poems for Pussy Riot and The Clifden Anthology. A new poetry collection Postponing Ásbyrgi is due out in 2013.

Beth Follett

Beth in Champney's West 2009Beth Follett is the one-woman show behind the Canadian publishing house, Pedlar Press. Her first novel, Tell It Slant, was published by Coach House Books in 2001. A chapbook of poems, Bone Hinged, and a talk about literary publishing in the 21st century, YesNo, were both published in 2011. Follett lives in St John’s NL with the writer Stan Dragland.

Miranda Hill

UofT, Pharm IBP Feb 18, 2009Miranda Hill’s stories have appeared in The Globe & Mail, Reader’s Digest, The New Quarterly and The Dalhousie Review, and in 2011 she won The Writers’ Trust / McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize for her short story, “Petitions to Saint Chronic.” This story and eight others were published in her debut collection, Sleeping Funny (Doubleday Canada, 2012).

Hill is also the founder and executive director of the Canadian literary charity Project Bookmark Canada. The organization installed its first Newfoundland and Labrador Bookmark—“The Sea Breeze Lounge” by Al Pittman—in Woody Point in summer 2012.

Hill lives, writes and works in Hamilton, Ontario but has an intense—and possibly unrequited—love affair with the island.

John K. Samson

samsonJohn K. Samson is the singer and songwriter for The Weakerthans. His poetry and prose has appeared in Matrix Magazine, CV2, Geist, The Believer, and Post-Prairie—an Anthology of New Poetry. John lives in Winnipeg, Treaty One Territory, where he’s also the managing editor and co-founder of a small publishing house, ARP. His solo album, Provincial, and book, Lyrics and Poems, 1997—2012, were released in 2012.

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.

Miriam Toews

MiriamToewscolour2008credit Carol LoewenMiriam Toews is one of Canada’s finest and most successful contemporary novelists. She grew up in Manitoba in a Mennonite community and deals with that upbringing in much of her fictional and non-fictional work. A Complicated Kindness was her first major novel, winning the Governor General’s Award as well as a CBC Canada Reads competition. The work was also nominated for the Giller prize. Her novel, The Flying Troutmans, won the Roger Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Her latest work is Irma Voth which was published in 2011 and set in Mexico. She also has an interest in film, having majored in Film Studies at the U of Manitoba and acted in an indie film from Mexico, Silent Light, which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. For her part in that film she was nominated in the Mexican film industry awards ceremony for best actress.

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.

Russell Wangersky

Style: "Portrait B&W"Russell Wangersky’s five books include fiction and non-fiction.

In 2006, his collection of short stories, The Hour of Bad Decisions, was long-listed for the ScotiaBank/Giller Prize and was also short-listed for a series of other prizes, including the Commonwealth Literary Prize for Best First Book (Canada and Caribbean division), the Winterset Award, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards and the Danuta Gleed Prize. It won a gold medal in the short fiction category of the Independent Publishers’ Awards.

Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2008) won three Canadian literary prizes, including Canada’s largest non-fiction prize, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the Rogers Communication Newfoundland and Labrador Non-Fiction Book Award. It was also a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Non-Fiction Prize and a Globe and Mail Top 100 book for 2008.

His novel “The Glass Harmonica,” was released in the spring of 2010, and won the BMO-Winterset Prize for best Newfoundland book in 2010. His latest book is the short story collection “Whirl Away.”

Grace Wells

graceGrace Wells was born and raised in London, England. She moved to rural Ireland in 1991 and has lived most of her adult life on the side of Sliabh na mBan, a legendary mountain in County Tipperary. Her first book, the children’s novel ‘Gyrfalcon’ won the Eilis Dillon Best Newcomer Bisto Award and was also an International White Ravens’ Choice. In 2009 she published the highly acclaimed textbook, ‘One World, Our World’, and ‘Ice-Dreams’, an uplifting tale for young readers. Her debut collection of poetry, ‘When God has been Called Away to Greater Things’, was published by Dedalus Press in May 2010. It won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Poetry Award 2011 and was short-listed for the London Fringe Festival New Poetry Award. She reviews Irish poetry for a number of different periodicals, and her short-stories and prose pieces have been published widely. Her subject matter is eclectic and humane, her poetry frequently gyres around autobiography, our endangered environment, and explorations of an earthly cosmology.