Ryan Turner‘s stories have been published in The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, filling Station and other Canadian journals and magazines. His first story collection, What We’re Made Of, was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. His latest collection, Half-Sisters & Other Stories, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2019. He is the co-founder and co-director of the AfterWords Literary Festival in Halifax.



Stephanie Domet is the author of two novels, and is at work on a third. She lives in Halifax where she is a freelance writer and editor who teaches creative writing in her dining room to little kids, sews her own clothes, and absolutely wants to make you supper when you’re in town.


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Rebecca Thomas is an award-winning Mi’kmaw poet. She is Halifax’s former Poet Laureate (2016-2018) and has been published in multiple journals and magazines. She coordinated the Halifax Slam Poetry team from 2014-2017, leading them to three national competitions with the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her children's book, I'm Finding my Talk, was published by Nimbus in 2019.


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Stephens Gerard Malone loves Chow Chows and sometimes writes. He’s the author of four novels, is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, and is a past president of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. He’s also on the board of the Sable Island Green Horse Society.


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Sue Goyette lives in Halifax and has published six books of poems and a novel. Her latest collection is Penelope (Gaspereau Press, 2017). She has been nominated for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Award and has won several awards including the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for her collection, Ocean. Sue teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University.


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Liesl Mulholland is a love refugee. She moved to Halifax for work in 2013, met a handsome, young-ish man and the rest is….still unfolding. Originally from the Caribbean —born in Guyana (only English-speaking country in South America) and grew up in Barbados (best friends with Rihanna, if only in her head)—Liesl has been trying to embrace Nova Scotia. After running away back to the Caribbean every winter, she’s grudgingly accepted that she enjoys learning to ski and skate….however, nothing beats curling up with a good book, any season.


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Tracy Picha is a Halifax-based freelance writer and editor who, after a couple of decades in newspapers and magazines, is finding truth in fiction.


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