Gerard Collins is a writer and teacher whose fiction has appeared in Storyteller, Zeugma, TickleAce and Hard Ol’ Spot. He has also won several prizes for fiction, including the Percy Janes First Novel Award, and has been shortlisted for The Cuffer Prize. His first book, Moonlight Sketches won the 2012 Ches Crosbie Barristers/N Book Award for Fiction. Gerard Collins has a PhD in American literature (Memorial), with a specialization in ghost fictions, For over a decade, he has been teaching English at Memorial while writing short stories and novels. His most recent book Finton Moon (2012) was published by Killick Press and Fierce Ink Press will son publish his new creative nonfiction story The Long Last Year (March 2013).
Eva Crocker is completing an English degree at Memorial University. She placed in the Telegram’s 2011 Cuffer Prize and has a story in the fourth volume of The Cuffer Anthology. This year she read at the Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference in Fredericton as well as the Storytelling South East Festival in Dungarvan, Ireland.
Ramona Dearing lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she is a member of the Burning Rock writing collective. Her short story collection, So Beautiful, was published by The Porcupine’s Quill in 2004. It was nominated for the Winterset Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award. In 2010 she wrote the introduction for Out Loud: Essays on Mental Illness, Stigma and Recovery, published by Breakwater Books. She is also the host of Radio Noon on CBC Radio.
Anne Hart's short stories, poems and stories have appeared in a number of periodicals and anthologies. She is also the author of The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple and The Life and Times of Hercule Poirot, both published in numerous editions and translations, and of a biography of Mina Hubbard in The Woman Who Mapped Labrador published by McGill-Queen's University Press.
Catherine Hogan Safer is a fiction writer living in St. John’s. Her first novel, Bishop's Road, was short-listed for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2004. In 2006 she published a picture book, What if Your Mom Made Raisin Buns?, which was short-listed for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. Several of her short stories have been released on audio by Rattling Books. Catherine won the Arts and Letters Competition in 2010 and 2012. She is currently putting the polish on a book of short stories and her second novel. Slowly.
Wayne Johnston was born and raised in Newfoundland and now lives in Toronto. His books include The Story of Bobby O’Malley (1986), The Time of Their Lives (1988), The Divine Ryans (1990) and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which was shortlisted for the 1998 Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Giller Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. It also won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. His first work of non-fiction, Baltimore’s Mansion, won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction. The Navigator of New York (2002) became a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction. The Custodian of Paradise (2006) was a Canadian bestseller. His most recent book is A World Elsewhere (2011).
Born in Vancouver, Randall Maggs has lived for the last 34 years on the west coast of Newfoundland where he taught Canadian literature and creative writing at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Timely Departures (Breakwater Books 1994) and Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems (Brick Books 2004), and co-editor of two substantial anthologies pairing the poetry of Ireland with that of Canada and Newfoundland & Labrador. His work with Irish literature won a Coracle Fellowship from Memorial University. For the past seven years, he has been artistic director of Newfoundland's March Hare festival of Words and Music.
Iain McCurdy is a writer from St. John's who has recently completed his M.Phil in humanities at Memorial University. Inspired by Gilles Deleuze, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, and Mark Z. Danielewski, Iain has written an autobiographical play, Blinking Leaves, a poetry chapbook, Neverminds, a work of "fiction", booK: A novella, and a thesis about the politics of madness, Lunacy, Fantasy, Freedom. He is currently working on a collection of poems entitled Entitled, and a short film, Town.
Don McKay is the author of numerous books of poetry, two of which, Nightfield and Another Gravity, won Governor General’s Literary Awards. McKay has been shortlisted twice for the Griffin Poetry Prize and in 2007 won forStrike/Slip. McKay has taught creative writing at the University of Western Ontario and the University of New Brunswick. He is the co-founder of Brick Books and a member of the Order of Canada. His most recent volume of poetry is Paradoxides (McClelland & Stewart, 2012). His third collection of essays with Gaspereau Press, The Shell of the Tortoise, won the 2011 Winterset Award. Don McKay lives in St. John’s.
Robert Mellin is a registered member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects, a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, McGill University. Robert Mellin has received a Manning Award and eight Southcott Awards (Newfoundland Historic Trust) for his heritage conservation work in Newfoundland and he received the Winterset Award in 2003 for his book Tilting: House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, and Other Tales from a Newfoundland Fishing Village. His most recent publication is Newfoundland Modern: Architecture in the Smallwood Years 1949-1972 (2011) published by McGill-Queen’s.
Trudy Morgan-Cole's previous works of historical fiction include By the Rivers of Brooklyn, Lydia: A Story of Philippi, and The Violent Friendship of Esther Johnson. Her most recent book, That Forgetful Shore (2011) is published by Breakwater. She lives in St. John’s with her husband and two children, and teaches English, writing, and social studies to adult learners.
Grant Loveys received a 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters award for poetry and was the winner of the Telegram’s 2011 Cuffer Prize for short fiction. His work has appeared in numerous North American and European publications. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Our Gleaming Bones Unrobed (2012) is his first collection of poems and is published by ECW Press.
Denyse Lynde began her university career at Queen’s where she completed a BA with honours in English and Drama, before moving on to pursue both and MA. and a PhD at the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, the latter of which she completed with a dissertation entitled “Myth and the Image makers: A Study of the Plays of Gwen Pharis Ringwood and Lady Gregory.” Presently, she is involved in relaunching STAGE: an archival interview based theatre source. She recently edited The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Plays (Breakwater, 2012).
Carmine Starnino is a poet, essayist, critic and editor of Signal Editions (an imprint of Véhicule Press). His first poetry collection, The New World, was nominated for the 1997 QSPELL A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. His second collection, Credo, won the 2001 Canadian Authors’ Association Prize for Poetry and the 2001 David McKeen Award for Poetry. His recent publications include With English Subtitles (2004) and This Way Out (2009). His latest book Lazy Bastardism (2012) includes essays and review on contemporary poetry. Carmine Starnino lives in Montreal.
Joan Sullivan is editor of the Newfoundland Quarterly, and also works as a freelance journalist, playwright and director. She recently completed her MPhil at Memorial. Her first book was Newfoundland Portfolio (2006), a collection of obituaries that had been printed in the Globe and Mail. Her latest book In The Field (2012), is the story of Stephen Norris, a volunteer with the Newfoundland Regiment in WW1, and what befell him, and, in turn, his family and community. Both books are published by Breakwater Books of St. John’s.
Patrick Warner has written several books of poetry including All Manner of Misunderstanding (Killick, 2001), There, There (Véhicule, 2005), and Mole (House of Anansi, 2009). He is a two-time winner of the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award. His novel, Double Talk (Breakwater, 2011), won the Percy Janes First Novel Award and was shortlisted for a Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. In the fall of 2012, it was longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award. His latest collection of poetry, Perfection published in 2012 by Ice House, a new imprint of Goose Lane Editions. Patrick Warner is currently special collections librarian for Memorial University Libraries.