SPARKS Literary Festival


*Doors open at 10:00 AM

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Opening Remarks

SPARKS welcome from Dr. Natasha Hurley, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and Dr. Robert Ormsby, Associate Professor and Department Head (English)

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 1

HOST: Christina Wells

Lindsay Bird, Luke Hathaway, Matthew Hollett, Daze Jefferies

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Session 2

HOST: Heidi Wicks

Michael Crummey, Trudy Morgan-Cole, Rhea Rollman, Elder Calvin White

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Session 3

HOST: Modeline Longjohn

Santiago Guzmán, Andy Jones, Willow Kean, Paul David Power

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Panel 4

HOST: Jen Winsor

Holly Hogan, Allison Graves, Larry Mathews, Beth Ryan

5:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Awards Presentation and Closing

  • Gregory J. Power & Jeroboam Poetry Award (presented by Michelle Porter)
  • Sparks Poetry Award (presented by Nick Avis from Browne Fitzgerald Morgan & Avis Law Firm)
  • Landfall Trust Award (presented by William Ping)

Closing remarks


The SPARKS Literary Festival was founded in 2009 by poet and professor Mary Dalton, who served as the festival's director for the first 6 years. Now organized by Memorial's Department of English with ongoing support from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, SPARKS continues to celebrate the literary creations of Newfoundland and Labrador and showcase writers at various stages of their creative lives. It is what Dalton has called a "word spree." The festival also makes available displays of books and journals published in Newfoundland and Labrador and a mini-bookstore featuring works by the authors reading at the festival.


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