LAWRENCE HILL is the award-winning author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Book of Negroes and The Illegal. Hill’s nonfiction work includes Blood: The Stuff of Life, and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. Hill’s volunteer work has included Crossroads International, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society and Book Clubs for Inmates. Hill’s novel for children, Beatrice and Croc Harry, will be published in January 2022.

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Halifax resident Evelyn C. White is the author of Alice Walker: A Life. She is passionate about Aretha Franklin, Black sesame ice cream, and okra.

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Amy Jones is the author of the novels Every Little Piece of Me (McClelland & Stewart, 2019) and We’re All in This Together (McClelland & Stewart, 2016), and the short fiction collection What Boys Like (Bibiloasis, 2009). Her third novel, Pebble and Dove, is forthcoming with McClelland & Stewart in 2022. Originally from Halifax, Amy currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband and her rescue dog, Iggy.

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Chad Lucas is the author of the middle grade novels THANKS A LOT, UNIVERSE and LET THE MONSTER OUT (Amulet Books/Abrams Kids). He has worked as a newspaper reporter, communications advisor, freelance writer, part-time journalism instructor, and parenting columnist. A proud descendant of the historic African Nova Scotian community of Lucasville, he lives with his family outside Halifax.


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Shyam Selvadurai 's Funny Boy, won the W.H. Smith/ Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award in the US. He is the author of Cinnamon Gardens, Swimming in the Monsoon Sea and The Hungry Ghosts. His work has been translated into 9 languages and published worldwide. Shyam wrote the screenplay of Funny Boy along with Deepa Mehta, who also directed the film. He won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay 2021 for Funny Boy. Shyam’s new novel Mansion of the Moon, a historical novel about the Buddha’s wife, will be released by Knopf in 2022.

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Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora poet, media producer spoken word and performance artist living on Six Nations of the Grand River. She lived as a guest on Coast Salish territory for 25 years where was the Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014. She owns and operates Ojistoh Publishing.

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Cooper Lee Bombardier is a queer, trans American writer and visual artist living in Canada. He is the author of the memoir-in-essays Pass With Care, a finalist for the 2021 Firecracker Award in Nonfiction. His writing appears in The Kenyon Review, The Malahat Review, Ninth Letter, CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Longreads, Narratively, BOMB, and The Rumpus; and in 19 anthologies, including 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 a 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at University of King’s College and in women and gender studies at Saint Mary’s University.

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Sue Goyette lives in K'jipuktuk (Halifax). She has published a novel and eight 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, Penelope and Anthesis. Her latest collection is Solstice 2020: an archive. Her work has won the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the Earle Birney Award, The Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Pat Lowther Award, The Atlantic Independent Booksellers Choice Award, the ReLit Award, the 2016, 2014 and 2012 J.M. Abraham Poetry Awards and a National Magazine Award. Sue teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University and is the current Poet Laureate of HRM.

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Lisa, born and based in Newfoundland, is the author of four books of short fiction and four novels. She has been nominated for the Giller Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Man Booker Prize. Lisa won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award, Caribbean and Canada Region for her novel Alligator and the Atlantic Canadian Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize for Something for Everyone.



Bryan Ibeas is a Fiction Editor for Invisible Publishing.

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Whitney Moran is the managing editor of Nimbus Publishing & Vagrant Press, based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). With over ten years of experience in independent publishing, her editorial mandate is to celebrate stories and authors from traditionally unrepresented communities, children's books that challenge and sneakily educate young readers, and fiction that entertains and beguiles. In 2017 she published her first book, East Coast Crafted, co-written with Christopher Reynolds. Whitney lives in West Dover with her partner and Old English sheepdog.

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