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Sharon Bala’s bestselling novel, The Boat People, won the 2020 Newfoundland & Labrador Book Award and the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, was short listed for several awards, and is in translation in four languages. In 2017 she won the Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and had a second story on the long-list. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group.

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Katherine Barrett is an editor, writer, and general advocate for literary magazines. She is the founder and editor of Understorey Magazine and has published short fiction and creative nonfiction with literary magazines in Canada and the US. She lives in rural Nova Scotia/Mi’kma’ki.

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Bethany has been working with words and their authors, in publishing proper and on its fringes, for 20 years. She has worked as an assistant with The McDermid Agency (1996–2000), as sole proprietor of The Literary Consultancy Canada (2000–2004), as fiction editor for Goose Lane Editions (2006–present), and as a freelance editor throughout.

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Sue Goyette has published a novel and six previous collections of poetry, including Ocean (winner of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award and finalist for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize), The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl, and Penelope. Goyette lives in Halifax, where she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University. In 2020 she was appointed the city of Halifax’s eighth poet laureate.

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Dean Jobb is the author of The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer, winner of the inaugural CrimeCon Clue Award for True Crime Book of the Year and longlisted for the American Library Association’s 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. His previous book, Empire of Deception, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King’s College. 

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Chelene Knight is the author of three books. She is currently working on a commissioned book on Black self-love and joy forthcoming with HarperCollins Canada in 2023. Chelene is the founder of Breathing Space Creative Literary Studio and represents a boutique list of clients as a literary agent with Transatlantic agency.

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Kelvin Kong is owner and principal agent at K2 Literary, a literary agency in Toronto. He has worked in rights management at The Rights Factory and Kids Can Press. Before that, he was production manager at Madison Press Books. Kelvin is also an instructor and academic coordinator for the Certificate in Publishing at The Chang School of Continuing Education, Toronto Metropolitan University.

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Tara McGowan-Ross is an urban Mi’kmaq multidisciplinary artist and writer. She is the author of poetry collections Girth and Scorpion Season, and the new memoir Nothing Will Be Different. She lives in Montreal, where she is a theatre critic and the host of Drawn & Quarterly’s Indigenous Literatures book club.

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Meg Wheeler is an agent and the international rights director at Westwood Creative Artists, based in Toronto. In addition to representing her own roster of authors in Canada and the US, she works to sell international rights for the agency’s wider list of authors and titles.

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