I am very happy to introduce to you our talented contributors for the inaugural edition. Those who have chosen to include their email address would love to receive your feedback and become involved in your future projects.
Rosey Li is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Commerce Degree at Queen's University and loves to create art to express herself and capture the world around her. She has over 15 years of artistic experience ranging from traditional art, photography, to graphic design. Rosey works with pencils, watercolour, acrylic, charcoal, and oil as well as possessing advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver.
Niko Van Dyke lives in San Francisco, California and works at The Beat Museum (which is a museum of the literary counterculture movement of the 1940s and 1950s). He spends most of his time trying to stay sane, which proves much easier through the influence of love, writing, music and often a good bottle of wine or some electric kool-aid.
Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, articles, short stories, and reviews have appeared in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She enjoys swimming, shopping, dancing, music, and golden autumn laughter.
Nicholas Senn was born in Oakville and grew up in Ottawa, ON. He is a Theatre Production Manager who has a passion for photography. He started in landscape photography but has moved to portraits more recently.
Anthony Labriola's work has appeared in The Canadian Forum, Prisminternational, Lo Staniero, Vallum Magazine, Stone Voices and Still Point. His poetry collection, The Rigged Universe, published by Shanti Arts, will be out in the fall, and Sun Dogs, published by Vagabondage Press, will be out in May, 2014. He lives in Toronto and teaches Life Writing at Seneca College.
Scott Douglas lives in Ottawa, Canada and is interested in poetry, music, gardening and video. He began writing poetry in his adult life while chained to a desk job. He began playing drums at early age and took up gardening when he bought his first house. He entertains all honest reaction to his work at SkaaDeeWorks@gmail.com.
Karan is a Montreal, Canada, based writer and filmmaker. He was born in India and his work is inspired by personal experiences, human relationships and surrounding social realities. His work is meant to be a window into the human experience.
W.M. Herring is an emerging poet who lives, works and observes nature in rural north-central British Columbia. From toads and voles to moose and bears, she hasn’t met an animal she didn’t admire. Her work was recently published in "The Nashwaak Review".
Former digital media professional turned intrepid copywriter and editor, Ruth Zuchter is described by best friends as ‘multifaceted’ and lesser friends as ‘complicated.’ Over time, Ruth has nurtured a deep-seated love for the (mis)uses of language and lyricism, most recently working with members of University of Toronto's Influency Salon (www.influencysalon.ca), and several artists and writers connected to BookThug (www.bookthug.ca) and the Toronto New School of Writing (www.tnsow.com). In her rare free time, you can find Ruth plucking away at her first novel, participating in poetry reading and writing groups, or in the woods with her husband and her wonderdog, Milo.
Melody Williamson is a young aspiring poet residing Edmonton, Alberta. She enjoys thrifting and singing along with her favorite musicals, and she has a prominent interest in sharks. Her greatest aspiration is to travel across the continent, and hopefully find something worth writing about along the way.
Hazel May Lebrun can be found singing original compositions around the Ottawa area or nestled in a café with a steaming cuppa and a pen writing poetry and stories about the world around her and how life’s twists and turns affect us all. Topics range from the mundane to the deeply spiritual, sometimes in the same sentence. From humour to drama, Hazel May likes to take people on a journey, to look at what we see every day with a new perspective. She is most proud of her two adult children and is about to find out the wonder of ‘grandmotherhood’. Feedback is welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawrence Murdock is a local Ottawa freelance cartoonist. Lawrence has participated in festivals, conferences, and special events. With advertising in restaurants to art displays in Cafes his Caricatures have gratified numerous customers. Follow on Facebook "Caricatures" or @murdockcartoons on Twitter
F.H.Lee (Francine) writes from Oxford County, Ontario,Canada. College days were spent learning the tourism trade, followed by 20+ years in Toronto & Calgary, which nourished a deep appreciation of Canada's natural landscape. Returning to small-town Ontario to raise her four children, now teens, offers abundant freelance writing opportunities. Francine's poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction has found success with online and print publication; poetry contest wins have been included in anthologies, both local and international. "You need to express what it means to be alive" is her favourite quote, and she chooses to write.
Bonnie Nish is founder and Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society, a charitable organization in the literary arts, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is also Executive Producer of the Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival an outdoor festival now in its tenth year. Published widely, you may view some of her work (both poetry, prose and book reviews) in "The Toronto Quarterly", "Quills," “WordWorks,” and on-line at Haunted Waters Press, blueprintreview.com, hackwriters.com and greenboathouse.com. Bonnie has a Masters in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School. Her first collection of poetry 'Love and Bones' will be published this fall by Karma Press.
Katherine Bourque is a graphic design student in Ottawa, Ontario and an arts fanatic. She is an aspiring poet and songwriter with a love for drawing, reading and all things design. She currently spends most of her time writing, making jewelry, and questioning her decision-making skills.
Maria McInnis is a 27 year old writer out of Nova Scotia who writes poetry, prose, short stories and fiction, but has been known to dabble in informative articles on spirituality and personal development. She lives with her lifemate and bird and spends way too much time sitting on the deck with pen in hand while she battles with a rather serious coffee addiction.
Jacob Wilde is a 16 year-old student living in Napanee, Ontario. He adores food, and wrote a monthly restaurant review for the local paper at the age of 10. In his spare time, Jacob likes to frown. He loves poetry and writing, and can't wait to see and taste the world!
Although Julia's career is in accounting, her passion has always been art. Her dream is to one day share her imagination with the world through her paintings and illustrations. Julia's works are inspired by the people and events in her life, dreams, and the books that move her.
By day Lynette can be found studying English Literature and Philosophy, by night she's likely to be found with her guitar in hand, madly scrawling song lyrics across whatever piece of paper is available. "It is the world's that words create and take us to, that make them so magical." When she grows up she wants to be a rockstar or a writer, the question is in finding a job opening.
Jackie Hardcastle, lives in Ottawa, currently working as a teacher of young children. Her creative passion for writing and poetry is inspired by her love for nature and the human spirit. In her spare time she studies, conducts workshops, and is currently producing her first book.