Amber McMillan is the author of the memoir The Woods: A Year on Protection Island and the poetry collection We Can’t Ever Do This Again. Her work has also appeared in PRISM international, Arc Poetry Magazine, and the Walrus. She lives in Fredericton.
Aurore Gatwenzi describes herself as a social butterfly on the cusp of millennialism and zoomers. She holds a degree in Modern Languages and spent two years in Spain teaching English as a Second Language. She is a frequent participant in the Sudbury Poetry Slam scene and is included in the anthology Fem Grit: A Collection of Northern Voices (2020). She is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Sudbury. She currently lives in Sudbury.
BECKY BLAKE is two-time winner of the CBC Literary Prize (for non-fiction in 2017 and short fiction in 2013). Her stories and essays have appeared in publications across Canada, and her debut novel, Proof I Was Here, was published by Wolsak & Wynn in 2019. Becky holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She is currently working on a second novel and a memoir-in-essays.
David Giuliano is an award-winning writer of articles, essays, and poems. His book Postcardsfrom the Valley: Encounters with Fear, Faith and God was a Canadian Best Seller. He haspublished two illustrated children’s books: The Alligator in Naomi’s Pillow and Jeremiah and theLetter e. His most recent book, It’s Good to Be Here: Stories we tell about cancer, is a spiritualmemoire about his 20-year journey with cancer. The Undertaking of Billy Buffone is Giuliano’sfirst novel.
Evan J (he/they) is from Manitoba, and now works and writes in the town of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Evan is the author of Ripping down half the trees (2021).
Ian Williams is the author of five books. His novel, Reproduction, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His last poetry collection, Personals, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. Not Anyone’s Anything won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. You Know Who You Are was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Award. He’s online at www.ianwilliams.ca and @ianwillwrite.
JAEL RICHARDSON is the artistic director of the FOLD literary festival, the books columnist on CBC Radio’s q and an outspoken advocate on issues of diversity. She is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The memoir received a CBC Bookie Award, an Arts Acclaim Award and a My People Award. A children’s edition was published by Groundwood Books. Her essay “Conception” is part of Room magazine’s first Women of Colour edition, and excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, appear in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. Jael Richardson received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. She lives in Brampton, Ontario.
Jean Marc Ah-Sen
Jean Marc Ah-Sen is the author of Grand Menteur, In the Beggarly Style of Imitation (a finalist for the Toronto Book Awards), and one of the participants in the collaborative omnibus novel Disintegration in Four Parts. The National Post hailed his writing as “an inventive escape from the conventional. His writing has appeared in Hazlitt, The Literary Review of Canada, Maisonneuve, and elsewhere. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.”
Jon-Erik Lappano’s debut picture book, Tokyo Digs a Garden, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka, won the Governor General’s Literary Award and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award and Japan’s Sakura Medal. He has also written Maggie’s Treasure, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka, to wide acclaim, and Song for the Snow, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler. Jon-Erik lives in Stratford, Ontario, with his family.
Jen Sookfong Lee
Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, The Shadow List, and Finding Home. Jen acquires and edits for ECW Press and co-hosts the literary podcast, Can’t Lit.
KERRY CLARE’S first novel, Mitzi Bytes, was called “entertaining, engaging and timely” by the Toronto Star, who also noted that it “heralds the arrival of a fantastic, fun new novelist on the Canadian scene.” She is editor of The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood, a National Magazine Award-nominated essayist, and editor of Canadian books website 49thShelf.com. She writes about books and reading at her popular blog, Pickle Me This and lives in Toronto with her family.
Kim Fahner lives and writes in Sudbury, Ontario. She was the fourth poet laureate for the City of Greater Sudbury (2016-18) and was the first woman appointed to the role. Her latest book of poems is These Wings (Pedlar Press, 2019), and her next book of poems, Emptying the Ocean, will be published by Frontenac House Press in Fall 2022. Kim won first place in this year’s League of Canadian Poets’ National Broadsheet Contest with her poem, “Beekeeping.” She’s also been shortlisted for The Fiddlehead’s 2021 Creative Nonfiction Contest, for her essay “Spirited.” Her latest play, All The Things I Draw, will be part of the Sudbury Theatre Centre’s Playmine Series in May 2022.
LINDA LEITH was born in Northern Ireland, and attended schools in London, Basel, Belfast, Paris and Montreal, graduating from the University of London, which granted her a PhD on the work of Samuel Beckett when she was twenty-four. A novelist, essayist, literary translator and the founder of Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival and Linda Leith Publishing, she lives in Montreal. Leith was appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada in 2020.
LIZ HOWARD’s debut collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Her second collection, Letters in a Bruised Cosmos, was published by McClelland and Stewart in June 2021. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe heritage. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she currently lives in Toronto.
Michelle Good is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years, she obtained a law degree and advocated for residential school survivors for over fourteen years. Five Little Indians, her first novel, won the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Award. It was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award
Morgan Murray (he/him) is a settler from the same backwoods central Alberta village as figure-skating legend Kurt Browning (Caroline, AB in Treaty 6 territory). He now lives in the backwoods of Cape Breton (Unama’ki) with his wife and little family. His first novel, Dirty Birds has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut, and has been a finalist for the Leacock Medal for Humour, longlisted for CBC Canada Reads 2021, a finalist for three Atlantic Book Awards (winning the Best Atlantic Published Book) and the ReLit Awards, and won silver in the 2020 International Forewords Indies Award for Humour. It has also made his parents proud even though it’s full of cursing and carrying on.
Nathaniel G. Moore
Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of eight books including Savage 1986-2011 (Anvil Press), winner of the 2014 ReLit Award for best novel. His reviews and essays have appeared in Toronto Life, Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Georgia Straight and many others. He has worked in publicity for the Canadian small press for two decades, including stints as books editor of Broken Pencil, managing editor ofthe Danforth Review, columnist at Open Book, Senior Publicist at Nightwood Editions / Harbour Publishing, Publicity Manager at Goose Lane Editions, and currently, owner of moorehype (moorehype.com) a boutique publicity firm based in Fredericton, NB. His latest publication, Honorarium (2021) with Palimpsest Press is a collection of essays.
Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli was born in Calabria, Italy, and immigrated to Canada with her family at three years of age. Rosanna is a longtime member and Past President of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild and a professional member of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), the Canadian Authors Association (CAA-Toronto), the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers (AICW), Toronto Romance Writers (TRW), and the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP). An alumna of the Humber School for Writers, she has been published in nineteen anthologies and journals, and has read at many conferences and literary events in Canada, U.S., and Italy.Rosanna also has five romance novels published with Harlequin/Mills & Boon and two children’s books published with Pajama Press (Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round and Easter Morning, Easter Sun).
Zoe Whittall is the author of three previous novels: the Giller-shortlisted The Best Kind of People, Lambda-winning Holding Still for as Long as Possible, and debut Bottle Rocket Hearts. She has published three collections of poetry, The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life, Precordial Thump, and The Emily Valentine Poems. She is also a Canadian Screen Award-winning TV and film writer, with credits on the Baroness Von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Degrassi, and others. She lives in Toronto.
Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation. He has written three fiction titles, and his short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published in 2018 and became a national bestseller. He graduated from the journalism program at the university formerly known as Ryerson in 2002, and spent most of his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a video journalist and radio host. He left CBC in 2020 to focus on his literary career. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and two sons.