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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 was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. Growing up in South Branch he was encouraged to read from an early age by his mother who was a school teacher. He lives in Cocagne with his wife Gloria. He has enjoyed a lifetime of adventure, travel and uses the many experiences as ideas for his writing. He is an author of a collection of short stories- A Box of Memories and the Drake Alexander adventure series, Dark Side of a Promise, Wall of War and the newest – Vigilantes. The Jo Naylor Adventure series – Shattered Figurine & Shattered Lives. Historical fiction – The Alexanders. He has contributed a short story to an upcoming Anthology titled Autumn Paths. His short stories – The Ship Breakers & Into the Abyss – received Honourable Mention in the New Brunswick Writer’s Federation competition.

He has stories published on, The Golden Ratio and his blog - South Branch Scribbler.


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.

Anuja Varghese (she/her) is a QWOC Pushcart-nominated writer whose work appears in Hobart, The Malahat Review, Plenitude Magazine, THIS Magazine, Hamilton Review of Books, and others. She recently completed a collection of short stories and is at work on a debut novel while pursuing a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto. Anuja is also a professional grant writer and editor, and in 2021, took on the role of Fiction Editor with The Puritan Magazine. Find Anuja on Twitter (@Anuja_V), Instagram (@anuja_v) or through her website (

Ayesha Tirmzi (she/her) is an emerging writer. She lives in Oakville Ontario, the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

West Coast Editor/Poetry Reviewer at The Miramichi Reader -- Website

Bill Arnott is the award-winning author of Gone Viking: A Travel Saga, Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries, and the #1 Bestseller, Bill Arnott’s Beat: Road Stories & Writers’ Tips. He’s a Whistler Book Awards Finalist, ABF International Book Awards Finalist, Winner of The Miramichi Reader’s 2021 Very Best Book Awards, and for his expeditions has been granted a Fellowship at London’s Royal Geographical Society. When not trekking the globe with a small pack and journal or showing off his cooking skills as a culinary school dropout, Bill can be found on Canada’s west coast, making music and friends. @billarnott_aps

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.

Catherine Owen, from Vancouver, is the author of 15 collections of poetry and prose. She also runs a podcast, publishes a magazine, hosts a performance series, and writes poetry book reviews from her 1905 home in Edmonton.

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. Cynthia acknowledges that she resides on Coast Salish land.

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.

Dominique Béchard is the author of One Dog Town (Gaspereau Press, 2019). She is currently working on a Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick.

About the Reviewer: Dr. Manuel Matas, MD, FRCPC, is the author of The Borders of Normal: A Clinical Psychiatrist De-Stigmatizes Paranormal Phenomena. He has had forty years of experience working in the mental health field. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba and his Diploma in Psychiatry from McGill University.
He has worked in a variety of settings, including the Scarborough Board of Education, the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba teaching hospitals, and more recently, in private practice. He has served on the Board and the Scientific Council of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. His accomplishments include many published articles in peer-reviewed psychiatric journals and presentations at national psychiatric conferences. Throughout his life, he has had a number of experiences that could be considered anomalous or paranormal. It is his hope that by sharing his knowledge and experience in both psychiatry and the world of the unknown, he will provide a bridge between these two worlds and will give people permission to share their own experiences without shame or embarrassment.

Emma Rhodes is an award-winning queer writer currently living on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee people, where she will complete a Master of Arts in English Literature at Queen's University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in places such as Prism International, Riddle Fence, Qwerty, Plenitude, Ormsby Review, and elsewhere. You can find her at

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.

Glenda MacDonald (#thestoryfinder) is a freelance writer, editor and marketing consultant in Toronto specializing in indie book publishing.

Heather McBriarty is an author, lecturer and Medical Radiation Technologist based in Saint John, NB. Her love of reading and books began early in life, as did her love of writing, but it was the discovery of old family correspondence that led to her first non-fiction book, Somewhere in Flanders: Letters from the Front, and a passion for the First World War. She has delivered lectures to the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, NB Genealogy Society, and Western Front Association (Central Ontario Branch), among others, on the war. Heather’s first novel of the “Great War”, Amid the Splintered Trees, will be launched in November.

Heidi Greco lives and writes in Surrey, BC on the territory of the Semiahmoo Nation and land that remembers the now-extinct Nicomekl People. 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,

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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 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 A 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 Diane and their tabby cat Eddie.

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.

Joanne Gallant is a pediatric nurse and writer. She has a biology degree from Mount Allison University and a nursing degree from the University of Alberta. Her debut book, A Womb in the Shape of a Heart, will be published by Nimbus Publishing in September 2021. She lives in Halifax with her husband and son.

Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews is a poet, author, teacher and host & coordinator of the Oakville Literary Cafe Series. Her latest book of poems, Meta Stasis, was released in July 2021 by Mosaic Press. Her collection of local poems and photography, Sunrise Over Lake Ontario, was launched in 2019. Her previous poetry publications include: Sea Glass, The Whispers of Stones, The Red Accordion, Letters from the Singularity and A Jar of Fireflies. Josie’s poetry has been shortlisted for the Malahat Review’s Open Season Award, Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, The Canada Literary Review, The Eden Mills Literary Contest and The Henry Drummond Poetry Prize. Her poetry has won first place in Arborealis Anthology Contest of The Ontario Poetry Society and in Big Pond Rumours Literary E-Zine. Some of her poems feature on The Niagara Falls Poetry website. One of her pieces was included by Priscila Uppal in Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, Mansfield Press, in 2018, rated by Chatelaine Magazine as one of the best Canadian poetry books of 2018. Josie is the author of two non-fiction books: How the Italians Created Canada (the contribution of Italians to the Canadian socio-historical landscape) and In the Name of Hockey ( a closer look at emotional abuse in boys’ sports.) Josie teaches workshops
for Poetry in Voice and for Oakville Galleries. She writes and lives in Oakville, Ontario.

UDY BOWMAN is an award-winning author and former President of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in a number of literary journals including Room, Qwerty, Rattle (US), and have also been anthologized in The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction. A former columnist and feature writer, she was voted favourite journalist for the Miramichi region in 2008. That same year, she was also nominated for the Atlantic Newspapers Freelance Journalism Award for her story about a residential school survivor. Judy Bowman lives in Miramichi.

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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.

Kate O’Gorman is a writer and editor who lives on the Saskatchewan prairie traditionally known as Treaty 4 Territory near the city of Moose Jaw. She is the Prose Editor for Grain Magazine, and her work has appeared in The New Quarterly, Grain, Qwerty, and elsewhere. Kate holds an MFA in Writing and reviews books @prairieflowerreads.

Katie Ingram is a freelance journalist and the author of Breaking Disaster: Newspaper Stories of the Halifax Explosion. She’s also a part-time instructor with the University of King’s College School of Journalism.

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 & a 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 (UNB), was a technical editor on Canada’s largest pipeline projects & designed courseware for Air Traffic Controllers. As an editor & writing consultant, mentor & creative writing instructor, Kayla's affordable expertise continues to help writers, non-profits & businesses achieve their writing dreams.

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.

Laurie Burns is an English as additional language teacher to immigrants, literacy volunteer and voracious reader living in Dartmouth.

Lisa de Nikolits is the international award-winning author of ten novels: The Hungry Mirror, West of Wawa, A Glittering Chaos, The Witchdoctor’s Bones, Between The Cracks She Fell, The Nearly Girl, No Fury Like That, Rotten Peaches, ​The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution and The Rage Room. No Fury Like That was published in Italian in 2019 by Edizione Le Assassine under the title Una furia dell’altro mondo. Her short fiction and poetry have also been published in various international anthologies and journals. Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits came to Canada in 2000. She lives and writes in Toronto. All novels published by Inanna Publications,

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

Luciana Erregue-Sacchi is a writer, translator, editor, and advocate for diverse literature in translation in Canada. She is a Banff Centre Alumni, and outreach coordinator for the Writers Guild of Alberta. In 2020 she launched Laberinto Press, Western Canada’s press for hyphened Canadians and world literature in translation. Her work has been published in the anthologies Looking Back, Moving Forward (Mawenzi House, 2018) and Beyond the Food Court (Laberinto Press, 2020) and literary magazines like The Polyglot (Canada), AGNI (US), and The Selkie (UK). Luciana maintains her blog Spectator Curator, and lives in Edmonton, AB. 

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.

Children's Picture Book Reviewer

Melanie is the Children's Book reviewer at The Miramichi Reader. She is a mother to two young children Adeline (3 years) and Harlow (1 year). 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. She respectfully acknowledges that she is residing on unsurrendered and unceded traditional Wolastoqey land.

Michelle Butler Hallett, she/her, writes fiction about violence, evil, love, and grace. The Toronto Star describes her work as “perfectly paced and gracefully wrought,” while Quill and Quire calls it “complex, lyrical, and with a profound sense of a world long passed.” Her newest novel, Constant Nobody, takes readers on a dangerous voyage of espionage, tyranny, and love in a genre hybrid of literary, historical, and feminist fiction. Her 2016 novel, This Marlowe, based on the last few months of Christopher Marlowe's life, was longlisted for the ReLit Award and the Dublin International Literary Award and was a co-winner of the 2016 Miramichi Reader Very Best Award for Fiction, and her first novel, Double-blind, a study of Cold War medical ethics and complicities with evil, was shortlisted for the 2007 Sunburst Award. 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 a Toronto-born artist, writer and publishing professional. His books include Wrong Bar, Let’s Pretend We Never Met, Honorarium, Savage 1986-2011 and others. He lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. His latest book is Constrictor. His tenth book is a memoir on mental illness forthcoming.

Nicola Vulpe has published a novella, The Extraordinary Event of Pia H., who turned to admire a chicken on the Plaza Mayor (Quattro Books, 2008), and four collections of poetry, including Insult to the Brain (Guernica, 2019), which received the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry, and Through the Waspmouth I Drew You (Guernica, 2021).

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Noor Ferdous is an avid reader, with an MA in English Literature from Queen's University. Based out of Toronto, ON, she currently works in client relations and engagement. Noor loves reading works of the 19th century, historical fiction, and memoirs. Known for her love of nature, you can find her exploring different trails with a book in hand.

P.W. Bridgman’s second book of poetry, entitled Idiolect, was released by Ekstasis Editions in July 2021.  It was preceded in 2018 by A Lamb (also under the Ekstasis imprint). Oddly, under his real name (Thomas S. Woods), Bridgman is also a founding editor of, and chapter contributor to, the sixth edition of Expert Evidence in British Columbia Civil Proceedings (Vancouver: CLEBC), forthcoming in October 2021.  Go figure. 

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.

Pirie’s 4th poetry collection, footlights (Radiant Press, 2020) is shortlisted for the Lampman Award. Mudflaps for short dogs, (Trainwreck Press, July 2021) is surreal, concrete and machine poetry.  She is the editor of short precision, issue 19 of Guest: Journal of Guest Editors, (Sept 2021). Forthcoming chapbook: rain’s small gestures (Apt 9 Press, fall 2021) Find more at or

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. Acknowledgement and thanks to the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for sharing their traditional territory with us.
Ramona 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 Post- graduate 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 depending on her mood. 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.

Stephanie Sirois (they/them) is a writer, artist and journalist on unceded Wolastoqiyik territory. They spend their time reading, writing, making art and exhorting their family into playing board games with them.

She currently lives in Budapest. She wrote her first poems at the age of 16. At the age of 23, she lived and worked in Germany as a ceramic assistant. Exhibited in Helsinki, Vienna. Her first volume was published in 2016, followed by four more volumes of poetry. In 2018, she was the producer of a jazz poetry CD release. The English version is also available in Vancouver, Canada and Reykjavik, Iceland.

She has been listed in the USA as a next-generation beat poet since September 2020.

Her own CD was released in February 2021 in memory of Australian poetess Judith Wright. Poems with a didgeridoo accompaniment.

She also had two photo exhibitions in 2020 and 2021 in Budapest.

I’m a native of Miramichi live much of my life on family ground just outside the city limits, have lived in Toronto and Fredericton for a period of time as well. A graduate of UNB with a Bachelor of Nursing. Avid reader and novice writer. I took part in a group called I Wrote a Thing in 2019 and participated in the Burnt Church MidSummer Festival that same year thanks to Judy Bowman and Sandra Bunting. My love of history and writing find me managing Wilson’s Point Historic Site during the summer months, I love to explore new places am a huge fan of LM Montgomery, and reside with two lap cats and a ton of books I have yet to read.

Terri Favro is the author of three novels including Sputnik’s Children (a Globe100 book, longlisted for CBC Canada Reads) and the popular science book Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact and Speculation. Terri’s essays and short fiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Terri also collaborates on graphic novels. Her new novel, The Sisters Sputnik is forthcoming in 2022.

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. Valerie acknowledges that the land on which she lives is the traditional territory of the Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, and Lunaapeewak peoples who have longstanding relationships to the land, water and region of southwestern Ontario.

Wanda Baxter is originally from the Kingston Peninsula, New Brunswick, and is the author of If I Had an Old House on the East Coast. She works as a creative and environmental consultant, and lives and works on an old farm in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.

Zoe Shaw is a writer, editor, and administrator based in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal. She is managing editor at carte blanche literary magazine. Her major interests are in gender and sexuality, ecocriticism, and the elegy in British Romantic poetry, which she explored in her master’s thesis at McGill University. on Instagram, @zoeqshaw on Twitter.

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