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Nancy Allan
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Nancy is a former Medical Laboratory Technologist (Microbiology). A particular memory stands out, when as a teenager at a camp up north, I read some poetry by the English poets that captivated my imagination (Wordsworth, Tennyson). I loved their descriptions of nature. As an adult, I have travelled to various countries on hiking trips and have written essays/descriptions about how these experiences have inspired me. I always keep a journal when I travel to preserve memories (also many pictures). Nancy is involved in volunteer work and recently won second prize in a poetry writing contest. She lives in Thornhill, loves gardening, art and also belongs to a writing group.

Merle Amodeo
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Merle was born in Toronto and now lives in the Beaches area of the city. She remembers writing creatively as soon as she could form letters into words. She taught in elementary schools in Toronto and Oakville and at Durham College in Oshawa for more than thirty years. Her novel Call Waiting was published by Hidden Brook Press in 2009. In 2011, ten of her poems were published in Spanish and English in Taste of the Rainbow by Sand Crab Books. After Love  her first book of poetry was published in 2014. You can visit her webpage at http://www.merle.amodeo/ . Merle is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and is available to do readings from her book in the GTA.

Brian C. Austin
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Brian and his wife live in Walkerton, Ontario. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.
Retired by actively volunteering in a number of roles, Brian has published articles and poems, a book of poetry, Laughter and Tears, and the novel, Muninn's Keep. He is a contributing author to three of the Hot Apple Cider anthologies. His idea of a perfectly furnished room is wall to wall bookshelves, a large aquarium, and a comfortable chair with an excellent reading light.


Jessica Bowden
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Jessica is a freelance writer and educator based in Guelph, Ontario. Her passion for all things art inspires her daily pursuit to capture the mystery of life through fiction and photography. A reader and lecturer by day and a writer by night, Jessica lives and breathes literature. Find her on twitter @Bowbowboom

Ann Y. K. Choi
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Originally from South Korea, Ann Y. K. Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. Most recently, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at National University in San Diego, California. CBC Books and The Globe and Mail have named Ann a "2016 Writer to Watch". Her debut novel, Kay's Lucky Coin Variety, was a finalist for the 2016 Toronto Book Awards. Connect with Ann online at annykchoi.com and @annykchoi on Twitter.

Sue Corke 
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Sue is a retired public servant who has wanted to write since she was twelve, and now, finally, has the time. Her favourite subject for her stories is her strange old life. In the past three months she was written over thirty-five memoir snippets, but will need to change the names if ever they are to be published! Some of them should never be shared with anyone! Primarily Sue is writing for herself, and if it amuses others, that is a lovely thing. She came to Canada in 1972, met a good man, and has Canadian children and grandchildren.


Heidi Eastman
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Heidi is a small town Ontario wife and mother to two delightfully weird girls. Her days are spent behind a desk in the financial world, so in her spare time she craves creative outlets, whether that be cooking, knitting, or writing. 

Catch up with Heidi on her blog where she occasionally shares silly glimpses into her life mysistertoldmetostartablog.blogspot.ca or on Twitter @RamblingHeidi
photo Dawn Edgcumbe
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Dawn lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband and four children, whom she home-schools. A self-confessed book addict and poetry enthusiast, her days are spent with one hand in the dish-pan and the other holding a book.

Jennifer Ellis
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Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles, California until the age of twelve when she moved to Toronto with her family. Jennifer studied radio and print journalism and is currently working on her first book. She is an 80s pop culture fanatic, loves to travel and write about her experiences, especially when she finds the perfect apple fritter. She currently live in Burlington, Ontario with her partner Mike and slightly insane, yet loveable cat, Friday.
photo Jason Grunn
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Amy Holodinsky
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Amy is a secondary school teacher living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She teaches English Language Arts and Friend and as Second Language and enjoys writing short fiction in her spare time. She has taken courses in Creative Writing through the University of Toronto as well as the University of Waterloo and hopes to embark on the journey of writing her first novel in the near future.

Pamela Hopwood
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Pamela lives in Durham, Ontario, and has an Honours degree in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing, and has trained as a Personal Support worker and in Gerontology Studies. She works creating a positive and caring environment for seniors at an Adult Day Program.


Tony Kicinski
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After retiring from a busy, computer-filled career in Toronto, Tony is enjoying the freedom to explore and exand his many interests, one of which is writing. He joined Markham Village Writers and began to compose short stories and to research and record the history of his family. His work has appeared in several print magazines and ezines, and two newspapers. Tony also enjoys travelling, hiking, photography, and making gadgets and robots.

James Langford
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James was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and has resided in the beuatiful community of Keene, Ontario since 1980. He enjoys writing poetry with a dark ink; and while he finds some satisfaction in having won six Honourable mentions in The Ontario Poetry Society competitions, it feels equally discomforting for boast about it.

Jennifer Lavallee
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Jennifer is a writer and freelance reporter living in the Canadian prairies. She has contributed to a variety of publications from the Edmonton, Alberta area, including the Morinville News, Edmonton's Child Magazine, Avenue Magazine, and various on-line publications as well. Jennifer specializes in developing thought-provoking articles related to women's issues and stories focused on childre and on communities. She is a member of the Canadian Children's Book Centre and SCBWI.

An Avid reader, Jennifer is a Public Library Board Trustee and is the co-founder of Third Verb, a popular writing workshop business in Edmonton. Most importantly, however, Jennifer is a mom to three wonderful kids.

Hannibal Lecture
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Hannibal is a rising Canadian poet from BC's smoky interior, which he leaves to wander cross-nation, attending various skate competitions, or just on a whim. Whichever way he goes, hannibal does so spontaneously, sating a need to be free; alone with book and pen as he hunts inspiration. He mines the forgotten layers, seeking strange kicks, new juice, and discoveries within realms beyond suburban convention. He has the capacity to contemplate, as well as provoke—which has opened doors beyond BC; beyond his native Canada: to regions and fans around the globe, who get down to is fresh, rapid-fire style of salivation oration.

You can keep up with his musings and misadventures on Instagram @hannibal.lecture

Geraldine Mac Donald
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Geraldine is a graduate of Queen's University, a former registered nurse, a medical/scientific translator; a writer, published author, and mother of four. One favourite memory of childhood was when she discovered that town libraries were public and anyone could get a card! It was a life-changing day. Her second novel for young adults has recently been released to rave reviews. Besides translating medical stuff, she writes fiction and creative non-fiction. Geraldine lives, works, and plays with her family in Kingston, Ontario.

Tanya MacIntosh
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Tanya holds a BA (Hon) in Creative Writing and Religious Studies from York University. She has lived and studied in Toronto, Quebec City, Jerusalem, and Calgary which is now home. Her two dogs generously let her and one of her best friends share the house with them.

Gail M Murray
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After a successful 31 year career as a teacher/librarian with an emphasis on literature, poetry, and drama, Gail has turned her talents to freelance writing. Like Keats, she seeks to capture the essence of the moment. Gail's writing is a response to her natural and emotional environment. Her poems have been published in Wordscape, Arborealis, and on CommuterLit.com. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Trellis, Heartbeats, Renaissance, NOW Magazine, Our Canada, and More of Our Canada.


Diane Palm
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Before she retired, Diane worked in the graphic arts field, writing and designing for promotional material. Presently she facilitates a writers workshop in a small West Grey library. A lover of the printed word, she belongs to two book clubs, and when she has time likes to dabble in sculpting and watercolours. Once in a while she exercises. Her default bedtime reading is "The Wicked Wit of Oscar Wilde."
photo Amy Pepin
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Amy loves horses and writing. She lives in Saskatchewan with her parents and three younger sisters. Ever since she was young, Amy learned about horses and spent much of her time with them. Black Friesians are her favourite! She started writing in high school when she was fifteen and continued learning through creative writing classes and lots of practice. She has a Wattpad account as amy-horse and frequently writes and reads there. Amy is finishing her schooling for massage therapy and hopes to write much more in the future.

David Perlmutter
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David is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The holder of an MA degree from the UNiversities of Monitoba and Winnipeg, and a lifelong animation fan, he has published short fiction in a variety of genres for various magazine and anthologies, as well as essays on his favourite topics for similar publishers. He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television Animation (McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures of Jefferson Ball (Chupa Cabra House), The Pups (Booklocker.com), Certain Private Conversations and Other Stories (Aurora Publishing), Orthicon; or, the History of a Bad Idea (Linkville Press, forthcoming), and Nothing About Us Without Us: The Adventures of the Cartoon Republican Army (Dreaming Big Productions, forthcoming).

Garth Pettersen
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Garth Pettersen's short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, and in journals such as Blank Spaces, The Spadina Literary Review, and The Opening Line Literary 'Zine. His story River's Rising was awarded an Honourable Mention for the Short Story America 2017 Prize, and his fantasy novella, River Born, was one of two runners-up in the Wundor Editions (UK) Short Fiction Prize. His debut novel, The Swan's Road will be released in November 2017, published by Tirgearr Publishing.

Garth is a Canadian writer who lives in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, British Columbia. When he's not writing, he's riding horses and working with young, disabled riders.
Read his blogs on writing at www.garthpettersen.com/ or follow him on twitter @garpet011


Alanna Rusnak
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Alanna is an author, editor, and publisher. She lives on a small patch of untameable land in mid-western Ontario with her three children, husband, and an overweight cat. Fuelled by copious amounts of tea and chocolate, she writes fiction and creative non-fiction from within her tiny study. Her debut novel The Church in the Wildwood was release in May, 2017 to high praise.


Nicole Schroeder
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Although writing has always been a constant therapeutic expression for Nicole, sharing her writing has not. New to the whole public writing and blogging scene, Nicole's husband usually pushes the submit button to send her work into the big unknown, while Nicole chases down her twin sons (and looks for her car keys). Catch up with Nicole over at intervertedperspective.wordpress.com

Andrea Scoretz
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Andrea is a freelance writer from Vancouver Island, BC. Writing since childhood, she took a minor detour from her passion for poetry and self-reflective essays by way of studying computer science and technical writing in college. After working as a technical writer for many years, she returned to her creative roots with the creation of her blog, mustlovecrows.com, where she writes about mental health, wellness, and mindfulness, and shares wellness resources. She is passionate about using storytelling as a means to heal and connect, and when she's not writing for her blog, Medium, or Huffington Post, she's creating soul-centric content for other health and wellness professionals. Connect with her on Twitter @AndreaSwrites

Amos Shelley
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Amos is a Children, Youth, and Families Pastor in Hanover, Ontario. He and his wife Faith have two children and a big dog named Bhear. He likes to draw pictures in his spare time and he tells stories for a living.

Tsara Shelton
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Tsara is an avid writer of musing, a spipper of coffee, a reluctnat performer, and an unapologetic story addict. As the mother of four mostly grown boys, she loves discovering and sharing her own beliefs so that she can comfortably expect her sons to do the same. Her book, Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up, wants badly to gets its own place and stop talking about Tsara, but it's just not looking likely. Connect with Tsara on her website www.tsarashelton.com or on Twitter @TsaraShelton

Janette Shipston Chan
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Janette gew up in Thunder Bay. She now lives in Toronto where she writes and occasionally blogs (brainsoupblogblog.wordpress.com). Janette is currently writing a middle-grade fantasy inspired by a paragraph in "Travels in the Land of Kubilai Khan' by Marco Polo. She conquers the summer heat with expertly made ice cold Pimm's Cups on the back deck.

J. J. Steinfeld
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Fiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published eighteen books, including Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Anton Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions), An Unauthorized Biography of Being (Stories, Ekstasis Editions), and Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be (Poetry, Guernica Editions).

Zlatko Stipic
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Paula Timm
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A visual storyteller, Paula Timm's art conveys story through bold use of contrasts, dynamic colour stories, and thoughtful expressions on characters in her scenes. Timm is interested in simple complexities, both within the subject and with the tools she employs in each mixed piece. Graphite and pen drawings are created during quiet moments of art; later integrated in graphic design, mixed media, or collaged into a 2D piece. Paula partners with not-for-profit organizations to foster community engagement that promotes and encourages the healing relationship between wellness and creativity. Her hope is to inspire others to consider their own personal journey and its important connection to self-expression.

Nick Vanderzwet
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A newbie photographer and writer, Nick needed a change. He needed to find himself. Residing on a century farm in central Ontario just twenty minutes away from the place of his childhood years, the small town life has been embedded into his soul. His son lives with him and his daughter with her mother, a mere ten minutes away. Love, his most sought quest, yet his greatest nemesis. Stepping away from the constant failure of relationships, a new love was on the horizon; rising, setting, and shining on all points between, he fell in love with the sun.

Janet Youngdahl
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Janet has published essays in Writer's Digest, Malahat Review, and the Friends Journal. She is a voice professor at the University of Lethbrige in Alberta, and appears on more than a dozen recording on the RCA, Duetsch Mundi, BMG, Phillips and BIS labels, including the Grammy nominated Chants de l'extase. She has recently attended artist residences at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the American Academy in Rome.
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