Artist Bios

Jonathan Bowie is a Fredericton-based singer-songwriter whose musical resume includes—in order of appearance—stints with bands playing pop, blues-rock, pop-punk, East Coast hardcore, thrash punk, melodic metal, solo acoustic, and most recently he led indie pop band The Westerbergs. Once family began to grow, Jon settled into solo acoustic sets, but brings a wealth of experience to his musical sets. He writes most of the songs he performs.

Maika-Evelyn Branch is a 14-year-old author and speaker based in Moncton, NB. Her first book, Calagarmii Cliffs, was published by Redemption House Publishing in April 2013. Her second book, Sisters of Serenah, released independently in 2016. Maika speaks three languages, loves to act and offers engaging and inspirational workshops for elementary and middle grade students.

Cary Caffrey is the author of the bestselling science-fiction series The Girls from Alcyone. A full-time writer and part-time teacher, he studied at Concordia University and the University of British Columbia, earning a BA and MFA in creative writing, as well as the Jacob Zilber award for screenwriting.

Rebekah Chassé is a theatre artist and radio columnist with dozens of roles to her credit.  Her latest credit was an appearance in the Saint John premiere of Theatre Free Radical’s “Soft Target”.  She has appeared in theatre festivals in Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton and has a weekly movie and TV review segment on CBC’s Information Morning Fredericton.

Peter J. Clair, a Mi’kmaq, is from Elsipogtog, Signigtog territory, within Oapenaagi.  Elsipogtog is in the mid-eastern area of New Brunswick. He has spent a good part of his life working in the ancient art of basket-making.  Later on in life, he went to British Columbia to broaden his studies. Peter continues to make baskets and continues to explore writing.

Allan Cooper is the author of 15 books of poems, most recently Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back To Find Us (Gaspereau Press, 2017). He has twice won the Alfred Bailey Award and was a finalist for the CBC Literary awards three times. He divides his time between Riverview and his ancestral home in Alma, New Brunswick.

Lucas Crawford is the author of Sideshow Concessions, which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Look for Lucas’ poem in the forthcoming book, The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. Lucas also published a research book called Transgender Architectonics. Lucas teaches at UNB and is from rural NS.

Roland Daigle’s first graphic novel, Les Aventures de John et Médée (working title) will be published with Bouton d’or Acadie (Moncton) in 2018. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has studied illustration at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston and L’Académie de Beaux Arts de Tournai in Belgium. He lives near Richibucto, NB.

Jo-Anne Elder has translated over twenty books of poetry, theatre, film, fiction, and non-fiction, of which three were shortlisted for a Governor General’s prize. They include Beatitudes, originally by Herménégilde Chiasson, and One, by Serge Patrice Thibodeau. Her collection of flash fiction, Postcards from Ex-Lovers (Broken Jaw Press, 2005), won the WFNB’s inaugural David Adams Richards Prize.

Sheree Fitch is one of Canada’s most beloved and celebrated children’s authors. Sheree began her writing career in Fredericton and this year marks the thirtieth anniversary of her first book, Toes in my Nose and Other Poems. Since that book’s publication in 1987, Sheree has won almost every major award for Canadian children’s literature and published more than twenty-five books for readers of all ages.

Kathie Goggin has helped many people through classes and workshops to craft their oral stories and anecdotes into the written word. She is a member of WFNB and several writing groups.  She enjoys memoir writing, teaching, story telling for children and songwriting.

Anne Hunt has had a long and varied career as an early childhood educator. An active and widely publishing Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick, Anne was a member of the team that implemented kindergarten in the public schools and developed the New Brunswick Curriculum for Early Learning and Childcare.

Mark Anthony Jarman is the author of Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, My White Planet, 19 Knives, New Orleans Is Sinking, Dancing Nightly in the Tavern, and the travel book Ireland’s Eye.  His novel, Salvage King Ya!, is on’s list of 50 Essential Canadian Books.  He teaches at UNB, where he is fiction editor of The Fiddlehead.

Elena Johnson’s poetry collection, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra (Gaspereau, 2015), was written at a remote ecology research station in the Yukon. A finalist for the CBC Literary Awards and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, her poetry has been published widely, including in The Fiddlehead, ARC and Best Canadian Poetry.

Claire Kelly’s first full-length collection, Maunder, is available from Palimpsest Press. She has curated a chapbook of emerging Edmonton poets for Frog Hollow Press’s City Series. She lives and writes in Edmonton and is currently working on two new poetry manuscripts, one on moving to Alberta from New Brunswick, and one on contemporary loneliness.

Colleen Kitts-Goguen is a writer and broadcaster with CBC News. She can be heard on CBC Radio’s Information Morning Fredericton and on the afternoon program Shift. She also spent many years in publishing, working for Goose Lane Editions in acquisitions and publicity. She credits her mother, the late Alice Kitts, for instilling a love of reading. Along with her sister, Wendy Kitts, she sponsors the WFNB’s Alice Kitts Memorial Prize for Excellence in Children’s Literature.

M. Travis Lane lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and has published seventeen books of poetry. She has  won numerous awards, including the 2016 Lieutenant Governors Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts, Her last two books, Crossover and The Witch of the Inner Woods, collected long poems, both won the New Brunswick Book Award for Poetry.

Dr. Arash Habibi Lashkari is a research associate at the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC), UNB, Canada. He authored and co-authored more than 10 books in English and Persian languages as well as over 80 journals and conference articles. Dr. Arash has been awarded 3 gold medals as well as 12 silver and bronze medals in international competitions around the world.

Adèle Leblanc is a gifted young pianist and composer who began playing piano at the age of 10. Now 15 years old, her résumé boasts multiple public performances, including four years of musical accompaniment for École Sainte-Anne theatre. She recently composed a series of original piano compositions inspired by the history of St. Anne’s Point.

Marla Lesage is a Fredericton-based illustrator and member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. Marla creates whimsical ink line and watercolour with bold colours and a limited palette. She has studied under Katie Fitzrandolph, Illustrator Mark Mitchell, and has participated in the Fredericton Arts Alliance’s Artists in Schools and Artists in Residence programs.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Neyda H. Long obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of New Brunswick. Her first Anthology of poems is “El comienzo inconcluso” (Editorial Alondras, Montreal). She published her first Bilingual  (Spanish-English) children’s storybook “The  Flower/ La Bella Flor.”

A grad of the NS College of Art and Design, Kathy Mac is the author of Human Misunderstanding (2017), The Hundefräulein Papers (2009) and Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth (2001). She runs the creative writing programs at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, where she has taught a class in visual texts.

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon is a reporter and web editor for the CBC, and worked previously at the Toronto Star and the Telegraph-Journal. She has been a finalist for a National Newspaper Award and three Atlantic Journalism Awards, including one for her early reporting on the Richard Oland murder. Shadow of Doubt: The Trial of Dennis Oland was shortlisted for a Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for excellence in non-fiction writing and won the New Brunswick Book Award for non-fiction. Originally from Ottawa, she resides in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Paul McAllister is a Fredericton-based children’s author and the owner of Monster House Publishing. Paul’s first book, There and Back Again, A Herman Tale, was released in 2016. Using the new “Herman the Monster” series as its foundation, Monster House Publishing strives to encourage youth to embrace the joys of reading while emphasizing the potential of every child.

Jennifer McGrath is an award-winning children’s author based in Moncton, NB. Jennifer has written two middle-school adventure novels, and two picture books. Her recent book, The Snow Knows, was awarded the 2017 New Brunswick Book Award for Children’s Literature. She is an enthusiastic and animated workshop presenter and is currently at work on a number of other creative projects.

Don McKay has published numerous books of poetry and several books of essays. The poetry has been recognized with a number of awards, including two Governor General’s Awards and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent book of essays, The Shell of the Tortoise, received the Winterset Prize for Excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador Writing for 2011. Paradoxides, his most recent book of poems, winner of the E.J. Pratt Prize for Poetry, includes meditations on geology and deep time, while pursuing ongoing obsessions with birds and tools. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Riel Nason is the award-winning author of The Town That Drowned and All the Things We Leave Behind. A professional antique dealer for many years, Nason wrote a column on collectibles for New Brunswick’s Telegraph-Journal for more than a decade. As well as being a writer, she is an acclaimed textile artist. Riel lives in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, with her family.

Kerry Lee Powell’s debut collection of poetry, Inheritance, was published by Biblioasis Press in 2014 and was nominated for the 2015 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her debut fiction collection, Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush won the Alistair McLeod Prize for Short Fiction and the New Brunswick Book Award for Fiction.

Poète acadien né en 1970, Jean-Philippe Raîche évoque dans son œuvre les destins collectifs tragiques, l’exil volontaire et l’errance.  Érigeant le déracinement comme figure de la condition humaine, il fait du corps aimé l’unique lieu du retour.  Il a publié, aux éditions Perce-Neige, Une Lettre au bout du monde en 2001 et Ne réveillez pas l’amour avant qu’elle ne le veuille en 2007 (Prix Aliénor ‒ France, Prix Louise-Labé ‒ France).

Rebecca Rosenblum is the author of two acclaimed short story collections, The Big Dream and Once, winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award and named one of Quill & Quire’s “15 Books That Mattered in 2008.” Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Awards, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. She lives in Toronto. So Much Love is her first novel.

Rebecca Salazar is the author of Guzzle (Anstruther), and an editor for The Fiddlehead and Icehouse Poetry. Her poetry recently appeared in Poetry is Dead, and Prism, with non-fiction in The Puritan and Partisan Magazine. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, she is currently a PhD candidate and Vanier scholar at UNB.

Sue Sinclair is the author of four previous collections, all of them nominated for regional and/or national awards. In 2012 she was Writer-in-Residence at UNB, and in 2013 she served as the inaugural Critic-in-Residence for CWILA. Sue was raised in Newfoundland and is now based in Fredericton, where she writes, edits and teaches.

Jane Tims is a botanist, poet and historian. She has published four books, including within easy reach, poetry about edible wild plants. Her next book, in the shelter of the covered bridge, will be published in 2018. Jane is interested in preservation of our built heritage and appreciation of nature.

Tim Walker is a Fredericton-based singer-songwriter who writes and performs with Fredericton bands Grand Theft Bus and Heat and Lights. GTB offers accessible music that is left-of-center pop, with slightly cryptic lyrics. Heat and Lights delivers more straight ahead music, both sonically and lyrically. Tim has collaborated with other musicians, but quite enjoys stepping onstage to deliver his own music in the form of solo acoustic sets.