Kim Pittaway, President
Kim Pittaway is a writer, editor, and educator. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine magazine, an eight-time National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) nominee, and the 2016 recipient of the NMAF's Outstanding Achievement Award. She is a former president of the NMAF and a former board member of ABC Life Literacy Canada. She is the Executive Director of the University of King's College MFA in Creative Nonfiction program, has taught in the journalism programs at King's and Ryerson University, and is a frequent seminar presenter. She has recently completed a memoir that explores the question "Is forgiveness necessary?"
Veronica Purcell, Vice-President
Veronica Purcell is the author of the self-published fantasy series The Blue Portal and the memoir Kindling Friendships. She lives in West LaHave on the South Shore. Before retiring and moving to Nova Scotia, she was an educator in Ontario. She spent the last part of her teaching career as the Literacy Coordinator for over eighty elementary schools. In her role as coordinator, she developed and facilitated numerous literacy workshops for teachers, created and oversaw the administration of a fluency intervention program, and provided resources and teacher training for a system-wide writing initiative. In addition to her work with the school board she was an adjunct professor at York University and Charles Sturt University. She has presented literacy workshops to educators both in Canada and the United States. Veronica received an Award of Merit for her work with Early Literacy teachers and an Award of Merit for her leadership in literacy education.
Gerald Trites, Treasurer
Gerald D. Trites, FCPA, FCA, CISA, (Jerry) is Executive Director of XBRL Canada on behalf of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). He also works as a researcher/writer. He has written fourteen research studies and other books and booklets, on business and technology related topics as well as numerous articles and essays in various publications. Prior to his current activities, Jerry was a tenured full professor at St Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia (1996 – 2006), where he served as Director of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems (2001 – 2002) and Chair of the Department of Information Systems, 2002 – 2003. While there, he published a textbook, ‘E-Business, A Canadian Perspective’ which went to four editions. He has published several short stories in literary journals and in a book. He is also Editor of The Antigonish Review and is working on a novel set in Halifax.
Sarah Sawler, Secretary
Sarah Sawler is the author of 100 Things You Don't You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia, and has a number of children’s books (both fiction and nonfiction) in various states of completion and publication. She’s a regular contributor to Halifax Magazine, Atlantic Business Magazine, and Atlantic Books Today, and a kidlit reviewer for the Quill & Quire. She holds degree in English and Political Science from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Creative Writing Certificate from Humber College. In previous lives, she has worked as a bookseller, a publicist for a YA publisher, and a technical writing instructor.
Carol Bruneau, Past-President
Based in Halifax, Carol Bruneau is the author of seven books—three short story collections, including the forthcoming A Bird on Every Tree, and four novels, which include her most recent, These Good Hands. A past winner of the Dartmouth Book Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, she has had two novels published internationally. Her stories, reviews and essays have appeared in various Canadian journals and anthologies.
Nicola Davison, Director-at-Large
Nicola Davison is a portrait photographer and writer based in Dartmouth. She is a graduate of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, in which she completed the manuscript of her first novel. In the Wake was published with Vagrant Press (an imprint of Nimbus Publishing) in 2018. She is currently at work on her third novel.
Andre Fenton, Director-at-Large
Andre Fenton has a passion for storytelling across many different mediums such as creative fiction, poetry, and film. He is the recipient of the Spirit of The Slam Award which he received during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2015. Andre has performed and represented Halifax at seven national poetry slams across Canada and has been featured on CBC, The Coast and TELUS stories. Andre is the author of a collection of poetry called Ode to Teen Angst, and a novel, Worthy of Love.
Angus MacCaull, Director-at-Large
Angus MacCaull has recent writing in Prelude, filling Station, Hamilton Review of Books, and Ricepaper Magazine. He currently edits fiction for The Antigonish Review and poetry for Cargo Literary. He manages the Twitter account for Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs and hosts the reading series Print Preview. He is also the author of the children’s series Lawnteel the Lentil with Outside the Lines Press. He lives in Nova Scotia with activist Annie Chau and their son Spencer. He holds a Masters in applied linguistics and works in communications. It has been his pleasure to serve as a regional coordinator for the Writers' Fed for the past two years.
Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Director-at-Large
Lorri Neilsen Glenn is the author and editor of 14 collections of creative nonfiction, scholarly work, and poetry. Former Halifax Poet Laureate, she is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University and a mentor in the University of King’s College MFA program in creative nonfiction. She regularly serves on national and regional writing juries and as a freelance editor for publishers and authors. Her most recent book is Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn, 2017).
Matt Robinson, Director-at-Large
Matt Robinson is an Atlantic Canada poet who currently lives in Halifax. His latest full-length collection of poems, Some nights it’s entertainment; some other nights just work, was released by Gaspereau Press in Fall 2016. A new chapbook, Against (Gaspereau Press) is due to be released in 2018. Other books include Against the Hard Angle (ECW Press, 2010), no cage contains a stare that well (ECW Press, 2005), how we play at it: a list (ECW Press, 2002), and A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking (Insomniac Press, 2000). His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and been featured in programs such as the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Art in Public Places initiative and AFCOOP’s collaborative “A Certain Openness: the filming of poetry” project. He works as the Director of Housing and Conference Services at Saint Mary’s University.
Marianne Ward, Director-at-Large
Marianne Ward is a freelance book editor who, since 2007, has worked on close to 100 titles for authors and publishers in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and BC. Many have been shortlisted for (and won) Atlantic Book Awards and various national awards. Marianne was a founding member of the Atlantic Book Awards Society, has been on the board of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards since 2010, and has served on various book award juries and on the Programs Committee of the WFNS. She is co-author and co-publisher of Clara’s Gifts, a picture book that captures the unique adaptation of The Nutcracker produced annually by Symphony Nova Scotia.
Margo Wheaton, Director-at-Large
Margo Wheaton holds a Master's degree in English from Dalhousie University and works as a freelance writer and editor. Her literary essays and book reviews have appeared in a number of publications, including The Fiddlehead, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the Guernica Series on Writers, The Antigonish Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, and The Coast.
Her debut collection of poetry The Unlit Path Behind the House was published in 2016 by McGill-Queen’s University Press and received the Fred Kerner Book Award from the Canadian Authors Association. Her poetry has also received the Alfred G. Bailley Award from the Writers Federation of New Brunswick and been shortlisted for the J. M. Abraham Poetry Award (Writers Federation of Nova Scotia), the Gerald Lampert Award (League of Canadian Poets), the Fred Cogswell Award for Literary Excellence (Royal City Literary Arts Society), and the Relit Award. In 2017, Margo served as the poetry mentor in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.