Nancy E. AllenNancy E. Allan | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
Nancy is a former Medical Laboratory Technologist (Microbiology). As a teenager, Nancy read some poetry by the English poets (Wordsworth, Tennyson) that captivated her imagination. She loved their descriptions of nature. As an adult, Nancy has travelled to various countries on hiking trips and has written essays/descriptions about how these experiences have inspired her. She always keeps a journal when she travels to preserve memories (also many pictures). Nancy is involved in volunteer work and in 2016 she won second prize in a poetry writing contest. She lives in Thornhill, Ontario, belongs to a writing group, and loves gardening, animals, art, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

Merle Amodeo
Merle Amodeo |  JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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. Merle is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and is available to do readings from her book in the GTA. You can visit her webpage at

Brian C. Austin
Brian C. Austin | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1 | GUTHRIE (in production)
Brian and his wife live in Walkerton, Ontario. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren. Retired but 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
Jessica Bowden | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1 
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

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 and @annykchoi on Twitter.

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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 or on Twitter @RamblingHeidi

Dawn Edgcumbe | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 fiancé Mike and slightly insane, yet loveable cat, Friday.

Jason is a graduate of the Sociology program at Mount Royal University, a lifeguard, and a freelandce writer. His passion for writing and reading science fiction drives him to make novels in his spare time, while learning everyday how to become less attached to all labels through his spiritual practice as taught by Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now, and a New Earth. Once a resident of Calgary, Alberta, he now resides in Cochrane, discovering new places and epople alike. Learn more about Jason on his Facebook profile or send him a message through his gmail account at

Amy Holodinsky | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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. Find Like it or Not, a book of her poetry, on Amazon.

Tony Kicinski | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
After retiring from a busy, computer-filled career in Toronto, Tony is enjoying the freedom to explore and expand 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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
Jennifer is a freelance writer and reporter from Alberta. She most often publishes works of non-fiction and flash fiction;however, she is working to make a home in the enchanting world of children's literature. Jennifer is a Library Board Trustee for the Morninville Publlic Library. She has three (busy!) kids and a weiner dog. You can find Jennifer on Twitter at @acutelyjen.

Hannibal Lecture | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1  | Arguments With Mortality
Hannibal is a prolific and fast-rising young, Canadian poet. He cut his teeth writing and reaching for those late-night/early-morning, pill-popping drunks who hung around his old pad—but has since found a larger audience, taking his writing online. In so doing, Hannibal has come to the attention of thousands of new fans—including acclaimed, printed publications; and has even drawn the eye of several of his own musical and literary heroes. Drawing inspiration from real life—whether it be those rare and covetous joyous moments, the absurdities of inane convention, or the harrowing ordeals that plague the human condition—Lecture speaks to all these, and is thus a renewing force; bringing interest and credibility back to a noble medium, now seemingly relegated to haunted, dusty old shelves of stale libraries. In spite of his success and ascent through the highly competitive, dime-a-dozen, Thunderdome of professional writing, this young poet from British Columbia retains a strong sense of humility and self-awareness, evident in his prose—in poems that speak directly to the readers, no matter whom; for Hannibal Lecture is a poet of the streets, inspired by those people he observes there.  You can keep up with his musings and misadventures on Instagram @hannibal.lecture 

Geraldine Mac Donald | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 research, she writes fiction and creative non-fiction. Geraldine lives, works, and plays with her family in Kingston, Ontario.

Tanya MacIntosh | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1 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 hails from Toronto, Ontario. After a successful career as teacher/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 Her creative non-fiction has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Trellis, Heartbeats, Renaissance, NOW Magazine, Blank Spaces, Our Canada, and More of Our Canada.

Diane worked in the graphic arts field, writing and designing for promotional material. On retiring to one of Ontario's prettiest villages, she set her mind to developing the creative aspect of writing, getting inspiration from other writers, especially those that satisfy her penchant for the playful and satirical. Presently she facilitates a writers' workshop in a small West Grey library. During the summer, she volunteers at the Blyth Festival Theatre.

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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 (, 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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 or follow him on twitter @garpet011

Alanna Rusnak | KISSING JOHNNY | EVE UNDONE | THE CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1 | The Ghost of Iris Carver (in production) 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 released in May, 2017 to high praise.

Nicole Schroeder | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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

Andrea Scoretz | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
Andrea is a health and wellness writer who is passionate about using storytelling as a means to heal and release the stigma surrounding anxiety, depression, self-care, and self-love. Her writing can be found on her blog,, on the Huffington Post, and on Medium, where she is a top health writer. She shares stories and wellness resources with her growing list of subscribers via a monthly newsletter. Sign up here:

Amos Shelley | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 or on Twitter @TsaraShelton

Janette Shipston Chan | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
Janette gew up in Thunder Bay. She now lives in Toronto where she writes and occasionally blogs ( 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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
Zlatko was born in the Mediterranean coastal city of Split, Croatia. He immigrated to Canada as a young boy, and at the perfect age to absorb another mother tongue. He speaks several languages fluently. After starring in several plays, Zlatko decided to pursue a higher education that would one day feed into his deep passion for writing. A native of Ontatio, he graduated from the University of Toronto as a double major, and with honours. He intensely studied under some of the most inspirational English literature professors who call Canada home. After extensively travelling the world and teaching English abroad, Zlatko headed right back to Canada to train with some of Canada's top writers and acting coaches alike. He has been on fire ever since, creating a curriculum for his current educational institution that blends the elements of learning English as a second language, critial thinking, and film together. Zlatko procrastinates on his writing by teaching, acting, and further developing curricula that showcase and elevate the beauty of the English language. A perfectionist in his craft, and meticulous and painstaking in his preparation. 

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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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 | JUST WORDS VOLUME 1
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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