Matt Robinson, President
Matt Robinson is a poet who lives in Halifax with his family. His latest collections are the chapbooks Against (Gaspereau Press, 2018) and The Telephone Game (Baseline Press, 2017). His most recent full-length collection of poems, Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work, was released by Gaspereau in 2016. Other publications include the trade collections 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), as well as the chapbooks a fist made and then un-made (Gaspereau Press, 2013), Against the Hard Angle (Greenboathouse Press, 2009), and tracery & interplay (Frog Hollow Press, 2004). His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, been adapted into cinepoems that have screened at a number of festivals, and have been featured in the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Art in Public Places initiative and AFCOOP’s collaborative “A Certain Openness: the filming of poetry” project. A member of the Editorial Board at The Fiddlehead, he works at Saint Mary’s University as the Director of Housing & Conference Services.
Nicola Davison, Vice-President
Nicola Davison is a novelist and photographer based in Dartmouth. She studied English at Dalhousie University and is a graduate of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, in which she completed the manuscript of her first novel, In the Wake, later published with Vagrant Press (an imprint of Nimbus Publishing). At the 2019 Atlantic Book Awards, In the Wake was a finalist for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award and the winner of the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for fiction. Nicola is currently at work on her third novel.
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 14 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.
Margo Wheaton, Secretary
Margo Wheaton holds a Master's degree in English from Dalhousie University and works as a freelance writer and editor. Her literary essays and 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, and The Coast. Her debut collection of poetry The Unlit Path Behind the House was published in 2016 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. It received the Fred Kerner Book Award from the Canadian Authors Association and was shortlisted for a number of regional and national awards. In 2017, Margo served as a poetry mentor in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.
Kim Pittaway, Past-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?"
Sean Bedell, Director-at-Large
Sean Bedell has been writing and publishing poetry for more than 30 years. He is a member of both the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and has attended numerous workshops and events over the years. He has recently turned to fiction and was honoured to have been selected to participate in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program in 2018-19, during which he completed his novel Somewhere There’s Music under the mentorship of Carol Bruneau.
Sean served on the board of directors of Capital Health for six years; he has provided advice to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education through his appointment to the province’s Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Board; and he was a founding board member and inaugural president of Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers. Sean works as a manager of safety and holds the Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation. He is married and has two children and currently lives in Dartmouth. In his spare time he enjoys reading, travel, hiking, kayaking and playing golf.
Cooper Lee Bombardier, Director-at-Large
Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist. His writing appears in many publications and in 12 anthologies, such as The Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Longreads, BOMB, and The Rumpus; and recently in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, The Remedy–Essays on Queer Health Issues, and the Lambda-nominated anthology, Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Speculative Fiction From Transgender Writers, which won the 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Barbara Gittings Literature Award. His recent essay “Half as Sensitive” was nominated by The Malahat Review for a 2019 Canadian National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism. The Huffington Post listed Cooper as one of “10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing the Landscape of Contemporary Art.” He has received fellowships from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Lambda Literary Foundation, and RADAR Labs. Cooper Lee has taught writing at the University of Portland, Clark College, Portland State University, as a visiting writer at the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Critical Studies graduate program, and at various high schools as a writer-in-residence through Writers in The Schools. His memoir-in-essays, Pass With Care, is forthcoming from Dottir Press in Spring 2020.
Jacqueline Dumas, Director-at-Large
Jacqueline Dumas’s latest novel is The Heart Begins Here (Inanna Publications, 2018). Her previous writing experience includes two published novels, a children’s picture book, and a one-act play, Secrets, which was produced at the 2013 Edmonton International Fringe Festival. She has extensive experience in the book business, including ownership and management of two bookshops in Edmonton, Alberta. She has taught English for Academic Purposes at Grant MacEwan University, the University of Alberta, and Dalhousie University. She has also designed and facilitated creative writing workshops and served as coordinator of the Writer-in-Exile program for the City of Edmonton. She moved to Nova Scotia in July 2013.
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.
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).
Amanda Peters, Director-at-Large
Amanda Peters, MA MLIS MPA CAPA, is the Director of Policy and Planning with Glooscap First Nation in the Annapolis Valley, NS. Amanda has worked for First Nations government and business for 10 years. She currently sits on the NSCC Board of Governors, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre Board of Directors and as a Commissioner for the Nova Scotia Sustainability Economy Commission.
In 2016, Amanda decided to follow her passion and completed a Certificate in Creative Writing through the University of Toronto. In 2017, Amanda won the Budge Wilson Short Fiction Award through the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and was accepted to the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, working with Stephanie Domet. In the spring of 2018, she was a finalist for the inaugural national Indigenous Voices Award and received an RBC Aspiring Artist scholarship to attend an eight-day Emerging Writers Intensive at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She had her first published story in the 2018 Fall edition of the Antigonish Review.
Sarah Sawler, Director-at-Large
Sarah Sawler is the author of Be Prepared! with Frankie MacDonald, 100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada (for Kids) and 100 Things You Don't You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia, all published by Nimbus. She also reviews books for the Quill & Quire’s Books for Young People section, and has bylines in Atlantic Books Today, ParentsCanada, and Halifax Magazine. Currently, she works as a publicist for Conundrum Press, and as a content writer for a California-based technology company.
Marianne Ward, Director-at-Large
Marianne Ward is a freelance book editor who, since 2007, has worked on over 100 titles for authors and publishers in the four Atlantic provinces and across Canada, many of them award-winners. Marianne is a founding (and current) member of the Atlantic Book Awards Society, has served as a board member and more recently as Coordinator of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, and has served on various book award juries. She is co-author and co-publisher of Clara’s Gifts, a picture book that captures the unique adaptation of The Nutcracker that is produced annually by Symphony Nova Scotia.