The Miramichi Reader (TMR) —Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases— highlights noteworthy books and authors across Canada from coast to coast to coast (est. 2015).

Meet the contributors to the content here at TMR. We appreciate all their hard work in bringing you the finest reviews and interviews and featured columns.

Who We Are:

Alison Manley bounced around the Maritimes before landing in Miramichi, NB, where she works as a hospital librarian. She has an honours BA in political science and English from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University. When she's not reading biomedical research for her work, she likes reading poetry, contemporary and historical fiction, and personal essays. Noted for a love of bright colours (and lipstick), you can find her wandering the banks of the Miramichi River with a book and a paintbrush.

Allan Hudson is the author of the Drake Alexander adventure series, Dark Side of a Promise and Wall of War. He has a collection of short stories titled A Box of Memories. Also, the Jo Naylor series with book one, Shattered Figurine and book two – Shattered Lives. He has also written a historical novel, The Alexanders. 1911 – 1920. Vol.1, which takes the reader from Scotland to Canada, particularly New Brunswick. Two of his short stories have received Honourable Mention in the WFNB short story competition. He has been published on commuterlit.com and Golden Ratio. He publishes the author’s blog, South Branch Scribbler. He lives in Cocagne, NB, with his wife Gloria.

 

Andrew Yang is a journalist and poet completing his undergraduate studies at McGill University. His features and profiles have appeared in Portland Monthly Magazine, the Bull and Bear Magazine, the Startup, and UX Collective. His poetry and poetry reviews have appeared in the Scrivener Creative Review, the Ormsby Review, and BC Book look. He's currently working on a middle-grade fantasy novel based on his Taiwanese heritage.

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Bill Arnott is the bestselling author of the suspense-thriller series The Gamble Novellas, the poetry collection Forever Cast in Endless Time, and WIBA and ABF book awards finalist, Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. He’s been awarded for prose, poetry, songwriting, is the producer of Bill's Artist Showcase, and for his eight-year Gone Viking trek has been granted a Fellowship at London’s Royal Geographical Society. When not trekking the globe with a small pack, weatherproof journal and laughably outdated camera phone, Bill can be found on Canada’s west coast, making friends and misbehaving. Watch for the follow-up to Bill’s award-winning bestseller, the soon-to-be-released Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries, (RMB Fall 2021).

Brian Bartlett, a New Brunswicker by birth, has been in Halifax/K'jipuktuk since 1990. He has published many collections and chapbooks of poetry, including The Watchmaker's TableThe Afterlife of Trees and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems, as well as a selection of his prose on poetry. His two previous books of nature writing will be followed by a third, Daystart Songflight: A Morning Journal, from  Pottersfield Press in the fall. He has also edited selections of many poets, including Don Domanski, Robert Gibbs, William Bauer and Dorothy Roberts, and Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan.

Chris Banks is a Canadian poet and author of six collections of poems with Deepfake Serenade from Nightwood Editions forthcoming in Fall 2021. His first full-length collection, Bonfires, was awarded the Jack Chalmers Award for poetry by the Canadian Authors’ Association in 2004. Bonfires was also a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. His poetry has appeared in The New Quarterly, Arc Magazine, The Antigonish Review, Event, The Malahat Review, GRIFFEL, American Poetry Journal, Prism International, among other publications. He lives and writes in Waterloo, Ontario.

Claire Bennet is a writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Dalhousie University and is currently completing a Certificate in Publishing through Ryerson University.

Cynthia Sharp is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets, as well as The Writers’ Union of Canada and was the City of Richmond, British Columbia’s, 2019 Writer in Residence. Her work has been published and broadcast internationally in journals such as CV2, Friday’s Poems, Haiku Journal, Lantern Magazine and untethered and is used in classrooms in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Cynthia is the author of Rainforest in Russet, How to Write Poetry and The Light Bearers in the Sand Dollar Graviton, as well as the editor of Poetic Portions, a collection of Canadian poems and recipes honouring Earth Day, all available from Amazon. She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing on the beautiful west coast, inspired by renewal in nature.

Danny Jacobs’ poems, reviews, and essays have been published in a variety of journals across Canada. Danny won PRISM International’s 2015 Creative Nonfiction Contest and The Malahat Review’s 2016 P. K. Page Founders’ Award for poetry. His essay “Rooms” was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s 2018 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. His first book of poetry, Songs That Remind Us of Factories (Nightwood, 2013), was shortlisted for the 2014 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. His latest book, Sourcebooks for Our Drawings: Essays and Remnants, is a collection of lyrical essays and creative nonfiction (Gordon Hill Press, September 2019). Danny lives in Riverview, NB, with his wife and daughter. He works as the librarian in the village of Petitcodiac.

Denis Coupal is a Canadian novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, BLINDSHOT, won GOLD in The Miramichi Reader’s 2020 Best first novel award, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada award for Best First Novel, and optioned by Entourage Television Group for development as a TV series.

Emma Rhodes is a recent graduate from St. Thomas University, with honours in English Literature and a concentration in Creative Writing. Her publishing experience includes the Temz Review, Plenitude Magazine, The Puritan, EVENT, and Feelszine Magazine.

Gemma Marr, she/her, is an avid reader and writer. She grew up in New Brunswick and is now completing a PhD in the English Language and Literature program at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has a BA in Atlantic Canada Studies from Saint Mary's University and an MA in English Literature from the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the intersections of place, gender, and sexuality in Atlantic Canadian literature and culture, with a specific interest in concepts of rural belonging.

Heidi Greco lives and writes in Surrey, BC on the territory of the Semiahmoo Nation. Her most recent book, Glorious Birds (from Vancouver's Anvil Press) is an extended homage to one of her favourite films, Harold and Maude, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021. More info at her website, heidigreco.ca

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Hollay Ghadery is a writer living in small-town Ontario. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in various literary journals, including The Malahat Review, Room, Grain and The Fiddlehead. In 2004, she graduated from Queen's University with her BAH in English Literature, and in 2007, she graduated from the University of Guelph with her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She is the recipient of the Constance Rooke Scholarship in Creative Writing, as well as Ontario Arts Council grants for her poetry and non-fiction. Hollay is the force behind River Street Writing—a collective of freelance writers who create exceptional content and provide creative consultancy services for personal and professional projects. Learn more about them at www.riverstreetwriting.com. Her first book is FUSE.

Ian Colford’s short fiction has appeared in Event, Grain, Riddle Fence, The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead and other literary publications. His previous books are Evidence, The Crimes of Hector Tomás, Perfect World and The Dark House and Other Stories. His work has been shortlisted for the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Relit Award, the Journey Prize, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. He lives in Halifax.

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James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. The Miramichi Reader (TMR) —Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases— highlights noteworthy books and authors across Canada from coast to coast to coast (est. 2015). James works and resides in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife and their dog and cat.

Jeffery D. Muzzerall is a university lecturer, publication editor, writer, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and career coach. Between fly fishing retreats on the Miramichi, he has contributed to The Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Maclean’s, CBC, Financial Times, The New York Times, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Monacle Radio and The Economist. www.linkedin.com/in/jeffmuzzerall

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Karen Schauber is a Flash Fiction writer obsessed with the form. Her work appears in 50 international literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Bending Genres, Cabinet of Heed, Cease Cows, Ekphrastic Review, Fiction Southeast, New Flash Fiction Review, and Spelk Fiction. 'The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings' (Heritage House, 2019), celebrating the Canadian modernist landscape painters, is her first editorial/curatorial flash fiction anthology, winning 'Silver' in The Miramichi Reader's "The Very Best" Book Award for Short Fiction", 2020. Schauber curates ‘Vancouver Flash Fiction’, an online flash fiction Resource Hub, and in her spare time, is a seasoned Family Therapist. A native of Montréal, she has called Vancouver home for the past three decades. She is a member of the Canadian Authors Association, Federation of British Columbia Writers, and Writers' Union of Canada.

KAYLA GEITZLER is from Moncton, which is within Siknikt of the Mi’kma’ki, the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Named “A Rad Woman of Canadian Poetry”, she is Moncton’s inaugural Anglophone Poet Laureate & host of the Attic Owl Reading Series. Her first poetry collection That Light Feeling Under Your Feet was a Calgary Bestseller & finalist for two awards. Kayla is co-editor of the multilingual poetry anthology Cadence Voix Feminines Female Voices. She holds an MA in English Creative Writing from UNB, has worked as a technical editor on Canada’s largest pipeline projects, and written courseware for Air Traffic Controllers. She is the Poetry Editor of Galleon.

I am a bookseller, book reviewer, author publicist and soon to be published author! I am passionate about Canadian literature in general and have a particular passion for Maritime Canadian books, authors and publishers.

Lisa Timpf is a retired HR and communications professional who lives in Simcoe, Ontario. The five years Timpf spent in Nova Scotia while pursuing Master's level studies in Sports History at Dalhousie University left her with a lasting affection for, and interest in, Canada's East Coast. Timpf's writing has appeared in a number of venues, including six Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, Small Farm Canada, Our Canada, Star*Line, and Eye to the Telescope. You can find out more about Timpf's writing projects at http://lisatimpf.blogspot.com/.

Mala Rai is a poet, drummer, psychology student, and technical writing hired gun on the West Coast. Her most recent poems have appeared in Eclectica Magazine, High Shelf Press, and Anti-Heroin Chic. You can follow her on Instagram @malaraipoetry

Matthew de Lacey Davidson (born 1964) is a Canadian composer of concert, orchestral and chamber music who currently resides in Nova Scotia, Canada. Studying in many countries, and integrating the works of numerous cultures into his work, Davidson's work reflects multi-cultural influences. He has studied in Canada, the United States and New Zealand. In addition to popular music, his work reflects the influences of American, Asian, European and African vernacular or folk-music styles. Davidson is also the author of a novel, a short story collection, a play in verse, and two collections of poetry. 

Born in the United Kingdom, Matthew immigrated to Canada at a young age. He grew up in rural British Columbia where he learned the value of friendship and lending a helping hand. Matthew went on to join the Canadian Armed Forces as a medic. His career was cut short by the beginnings of post-traumatic stress disorder. He went on to become a civilian paramedic until he could no longer remain healthy in his job.

Matthew has faced a variety of challenges in his life, including his decision to become clean and sober. Throughout his many adversities, Matthew has discovered a passion for reading, writing and has even published his own story from Wintertickle Press called: A Medic's Mind.

Matthew is passionate about mental health and the medical fields and thus chooses to read a variety of material on the subject of such.

Melanie is the Children's Book reviewer at The Miramichi Reader. She is a mother to two young children Adeline (3 years) and Harlow (7 months). She has a Bachelor of Health Science from Dalhousie University and previously worked as a Radiological Technologist before deciding to pursue a career in health insurance administration. She enjoys sewing, crafting, and going on adventures with her family. Having lived in all three maritime provinces, Melanie now raises her daughters with her husband in Moncton, NB.

Michala Keeler is a fifth-year student attending St Thomas University, majoring in English, Philosophy, and Psychology. Completing her final year of studies online, she enjoys reading paper books in her downtime.

Michelle Butler Hallett, she/her, is a history nerd and disabled person who writes fiction about violence, evil, love, and grace. Her 2016 novel This Marlowe was listed for the ReLit Award and the Dublin International Literary Award and won a 2016 "The Very Best!" Book Award at The Miramichi Reader. Her latest novel, Constant Nobody, is out now. Butler Hallett lives in St John's.

Michelle Porter writes poetry and creative nonfiction. She is a citizen of the Métis Nation and a member of the Manitoba Metis Federation. Her first book of poetry, Inquirieswas shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Best Book of Poetry, Canada 2019. Her nonfiction work has been published in journals, books, and newspapers across Canada.  She is currently the non-fiction editor with Riddle Fence. Her next book of creative nonfiction, Approaching Fire, is due to be released in the fall of 2020. She currently lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Naomi MacKinnon is a mother, daughter, wife, sister, friend, pet-lover, reader, walker, camper, and Nova Scotian. Naomi has contributed several guest reviews over the years to The Miramichi Reader. Her book review blog is Consumed By Ink.

Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of several books, most recently, Honorarium (Palimpsest Press) and his fourth collection of poetry, My Arms Are Too Short To Box With God (Mansfield Press). His novel Savage 1986-2011 (Anvil Press) won the ReLit Award for Best Novel. He lives in Fredericton with his wife, writer Amber McMillan and their daughter.  His website can be found here.

About the Reviewer: Patricia Sandberg escaped a law career and became a writer. Her short stories have been shortlisted in competitions, published at The Cabinet of Heed and in the Lit Mag Love Anthology. She is hard at work on a World War I historical novel. Her 2016 award-winning, nonfiction book Sun Dogs and Yellowcake: Gunnar Mines, a Canadian Story is about life in a uranium mine in northern Canada during the height of the Cold War.

Rachel Fernandes was raised in Ottawa, where she completed her Honours BA and MA in English at the University of Ottawa. She is now based in Kingston, where she is a PhD Candidate studying contemporary North American literature. Her research focuses on mixed race identity in various genres, including memoir, poetry, and the novel.
Over the last decade, she has published a smattering of poems through small presses such as In/Words, Joypuke, Coven, and Feathertale, and served on the editorial boards of The Ottawa Arts Review and The Lamp Literary Journal. She loves reading even more than she loves writing, and is excited to share and discuss new Canadian work through The Miramichi Reader.

Ramona Porter grew up on the tropical island of Jamaica but now calls Georgetown, Ontario home and works as a Human Resources Manager for a private college group. She has a BSc in Management Studies from The University of the West Indies, Mona and a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from York University.
She is an avid reader who shares her love of reading and books with others through her Bookstagram account. You can follow her on Instagram at @readingwithramona. She reads a wide range of genres including historical fiction, memoirs and light romantic comedies. The moments spent not reading are spent with her husband and two boys.

Ruth Anne Chorney (nee Althouse) is an educator and farmer from northeast Saskatchewan. A regular columnist for the Gardener magazine since 2006, her writing reflects her humour and her awareness of nature. She has published four children’s books, three in English, and one in French. In 2018 Chorney won two gold medals in the Sask Senior Games, for both Poetry and Prose. Her first novel, Buried, a murder mystery set in northeast Saskatchewan, was short-listed for a 2019 High Plains Book Award. Chorney’s second novel Conspiracy will be published in 2020.

I am a struggling artist, a challenging and challenged mother who always thinks she is failing, an emerging freelance writer and reporter, an author with my name on several books crossing genres and always hoping to find more readers who enjoy them.

I am also a successful artist, a wonderful and thriving mother of one, a reacher towards both people and dreams despite all of the turned backs and obstacles in my way. I am a thriving freelance writer and reporter, an author loved by enough readers to make it worthwhile and a discombobulated conundrum who loves to hear new music, tell new tales and meet new authors. And I’m doing something I always dreamed of doing – reviewing books to support others as well as myself and my family.

Shawna is a mother and a retired athlete and fitness professional.  She currently works in the Beauty Industry with Estee Lauder company.  In her spare time, she enjoys coaching basketball, promoting and reviewing products on Instagram @shawnajbutler, reading anything pertaining to fashion, beauty, fitness and sports. She likes to travel to anywhere warm and sunny.  Shawna has a BBA from Mount Saint Vincent University and currently lives in Paradise, Newfoundland.

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Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. Her first book, The Lebanese Dishwasher, co-won the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. She has two poetry collections Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter and A Samurai’s Pink House. Her novel The Allspice Bath was the 2020 IPPY Gold Medal winner and the 2020 International Book Awards winner for Multicultural Fiction and a finalist in the 2020 Ottawa Book Awards. She is currently working on a novel called Jasmine Season on Hamra Street, which was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and the Humber School for Writers. Her first children’s picture book is forthcoming with Renaissance Press.

Stephanie Collins is a school administrator and teacher from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. She is an avid reader, STEM enthusiast, creator, collaborator, lifelong learner and aspiring children’s book writer. As an educator, she has always utilized children’s literature as a basis for her lessons.   Stephanie has worked as a curriculum writer and contributor for new primary Science and Mathematics programs implemented by the provincial Department of Education and participated in an extensive action research project with the Faculty of Education at Memorial University focused on enhancing the capacity of STEM education with teachers and students in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  In 2019, Stephanie and her husband enjoyed a sabbatical travelling throughout North America in their RV and chronicled their year-long journey in a blog entitled From The Rock To The Rim.  Stephanie began writing book reviews for Flanker Press publications in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Her reviews can be found at  Fireside Collections and you can follow her on Twitter @MrsCollinsNL.

Susanna Peremartoni graduated in Miskolc and Budapest. From the age of 23 she lived in Darmstad, Germany, as a ceramic assistant. She has exhibited in Helsinki and Vienna. She published her first volume in 2016 with Black Eagle Publisher (Budapest). In 2018 she produced a Hungarian and English recording of a jazz poetry CD at Origó Studio. The Hungarian CD is available at the Rózsavölgyi Music Store, the Wave Record Store and at the Plate Maker. The English version of the CD is sold in two locations in Vancouver, Canada (Beatstreets Records, Neptoon Records).

Trevor Corkum's novel The Electric Boy is set to debut with Doubleday Canada. An award-winning writer, educator, scholar, and editor, he has facilitated workshops and lectured across Canada and around the world. His fiction, essays, journalism and reviews appear regularly in periodicals such as the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail and his work has been recognized with nominations for the Journey Prize, a National Magazine Award for Fiction, a Western Magazine Award for Personal Journalism, the CBC Short Story Prize, and the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Trevor was the 2017 Writer-in-Residence at Lester B. Pearson United World College and a 2017 Writer-in-Residence on the Canada C3 expedition. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and an MA in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto. A current PhD student and SSHRC doctoral scholar in Adult Education at the University of Toronto, his research uses narrative and storytelling to explore notions of home, belonging, and identity in a globalized world. He divides his time between Toronto and the south shore of Prince Edward Island.

Valerie Mills-Milde lives, works, and writes in London Ontario. She is the author of the novel After Drowning (2016), which won the IPPY Silver Medal for Contemporary Fiction and The Land's Long Reach,(2018) which was a finalist for The Miramichi Reader's 2019 "The Very Best!" Book Awards. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous Canadian literary magazines. When she is not writing, she is a clinical social worker in private practice.

 We would like to acknowledge that the land on which the office of The Miramichi Reader is situated is in the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq Peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact, recognized Mi’kmaq and Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

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