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 M. Fisher


Bill Arnott

West Coast Editor

Alison Manley

Associate Editor

Who We Are:
Alison Manley
Associate Editor -- Website

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

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.


Anne Smith-Nochasak

Anne M. Smith-Nochasak grew up in rural Nova Scotia and taught for many years in northern settings. She has retired to Nova Scotia, where she enjoys reading, writing, and country living. She self-published her first novel A Canoer of Shorelines through FriesenPress in 2021, and is working on a novel set in northern Canada.

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

Bill Arnott is the bestselling author of Gone Viking: A Travel Saga, Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries, and A Season on Vancouver Island. He’s been awarded at the ABF International Book Awards, Firebird Book Awards, Whistler Book Awards, received The Miramichi Reader’s Very Best Book Award for nonfiction, and for his expeditions Bill’s been granted a Fellowship at London’s Royal Geographical Society. When not trekking with a small pack and journal, Bill can be found on Canada’s west coast, making music and friends.

Carrie Stanton

Carrie Stanton is the author of The Jewel and Beast Bot, and picture books, Emmie and the Fierce Dragon and The Gardener. She loves to write stories that grow wings and transport readers everywhere.  She reads and enjoys stories from every genre.

Catherine Walker

Catherine Walker is an instructional designer, educator and writer/editor living on the South Shore of Miꞌkmaꞌki (Nova Scotia). This past year she has been reading and writing poetry with Ben Gallagher and friends at the local library most Sunday afternoons. She is looking forward to her annual September writing week at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village, NS.

Chris Banks

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

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

Cynthia Sharp holds an MFA in creative writing and an Honours BA in English literature. She 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 poetry, reviews and creative nonfiction have been published and broadcast internationally in journals such as CV2, Prism online, Haiku Journal, The Pitkin Review and untethered and are used in classrooms in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Cynthia is the author of Rainforest in Russet 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 and local libraries. She resides on Coast Salish land, inspired by the beauty of west coast nature.

Diana Stevan

Diana Stevan is the author of the award-winning Lukia’s Family Saga: Sunflowers Under Fire and Lilacs in the Dust Bowl, as well as the romantic mystery, A Cry from The Deep, and women’s fiction, The Rubber Fence. Diana hopes to publish the last book of her family saga, Paper Roses on Stony Mountain, this summer, 2022. A former family therapist, she is the mother of two daughters and lives with her husband Robert in West Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Diana Tibert

Diana Tibert has been writing one thing or another all her life. Firmly rooted in Nova Scotia, she doubts she’ll ever leave. While she’s had more than 30 jobs since the age of 16, her favourite is writing. You’ll find her most days writing a magical tale or sharing her writing experience on her blog (

Donna Allard

Donna Allard is an International Beat Poet Laureate, Canada 2019-2020 & League of Poets Member.

Ella Breau

Ella Breau is from Miramichi, New Brunswick. She enjoys being outside and playing softball. Ella is always up for a challenge and loves taking on all sorts of jobs. Ella is a middle school student who loves to read and write. Some of her favourite genres include mystery and non-fiction. Ella likes to learn more about her passion for commerce through reading.

Emma Rhodes

Emma Rhodes is an emerging 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

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.

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