Authors & Guests
Biography: Doyali Islam
Doyali Islam’s second poetry book is heft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019), which the poet considers to be a “ledger of tenderness, survival, and risk.” Doyali has been interviewed by Shelagh Rogers for CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter ; by Anne Michaels for CV2; and by Michael Enright for CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition. The poetry editor for Arc and the winner of PoetryNOW’s 11th Battle of the Bards, she lives in Toronto. www.doyali-islam.com
Biography: Britta Badour
Britta Badour, better known as Britta B., is a Toronto-based spoken word poet, emcee and arts educator. She has participated as a resident poet at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, several TEDx Talks and various poetry scenes across North
America. As a slam poet, Britta was a member of the 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam team (TPS), a Canadian rep. for the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WoWPS) and the 2013 Toronto International Poetry Slam champion (TIPS). As an arts educator, Britta facilitates artist-training seminars, workshops and after-school programs in partnership with various organizations and school boards across Ontario. Britta is alumna of the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab and a current member of the League of Canadian Poets.
Website: www.brittab.com | Twitter/IG: @missbrittab
Biography: Ryan McMahon
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, and media maker from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. In 2012, McMahon became the 1st Native comedian to ever record a solo one-hour mainstream comedy special for CBC, when he taped “Ryan McMahon – UnReserved,” in 2012. Since then, he’s recorded 4 more comedy specials, McMahon tours North America independently making strangers laugh in venues large and small.
Ryan’s series, “A 12 Step Program For Canada” aired on CBC Radio 1’s flagship Saturday show, CBC Day 6 With Brent Bambury in 2017. In the series, McMahon lays out a path to decolonization and reconciliation, which, of course, is absolutely side-splittingly hilarious. It won the 2018 RTDNA award for BEST OPINION/COMMENTARY. It is currently being adapted into Ryan’s first book
When not standing on stage trying to make hundreds of strangers laugh, McMahon’s podcasts (Thunder Bay, Red Man Laughing and Stories From The Land) have garnered millions of downloads globally. Thunder Bay, a podcast deep dive into the legacy of colonialism on a small city in Canada, was named to dozens of “Best Of” podcast lists at the end of 2018, including lists in the New York Times, Globe and Mail, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
McMahon is the CEO of the Makoons Media Group, an Indigenous media company that tells “Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences.” Their platform, Indian & Cowboy, is the world’s only member-supported Indigenous podcasting network on the planet!
Biography: Kim Fahner
Kim Fahner has published five books of poems, including her latest collection, These
Wings (Pedlar Press, 2019). She was the fourth poet laureate for the City of Greater
Sudbury (2016-18), and the first woman to be appointed to that role. Kim writes across
various genres, including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays. Her poem, “They Shall
Have Homes, 1929,” was awarded an honourable mention in the 2019 League of
Canadian Poets’ national broadside competition. She is a member of the Writers’ Union
of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, and a supporting member of the Playwrights
Guild of Canada. Kim can be reached via her author website at www.kimfahner.com
Biography: Linda Kenyon
A writer of short fiction and creative non-fiction, Linda Kenyon lives full-time on a 43-foot sailboat with her husband Chris Hatton and has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and back. Linda worked as a communications professional at The University of Waterloo before retiring to sail and write full time. Stories about her sailing adventures appear regularly in Grand Magazine, the premiere lifestyle magazine in the Waterloo Region. Her short stories have been published in Canadian literary journals, including The New Quarterly, Room of One’s Own, and Canadian Fiction Magazine and included in the Norton anthology of short Canadian fiction Reading/Writing Canada. She has published two flash fiction chapbooks, You Are Here (Trout Lily Press) and This is a love song, sort of (Stonegarden Press) as well as the non-fiction book Rainforest Bird Rescue: Changing the future for endangered wildlife (Firefly Books), which won a Canadian Science Writers Association Science in Society Journalism Award.
Biography: Bernadette Wagner
Bernadette Wagner is an award-winning multi-genre author and community-builder who has edited more than 25 chapbooks, twobooks, two magazines, some newsletters and websites. She loves to sing and garden, cook and preserve, teach and learn, as well as play with words and language. With almost 30 years’ experience writing, she is the author of nine poetry chapbooks, four broadsheets, several essays, and two poetry collections: This hot place (Thistledown, 2010), shortlisted for the Saskatchewan FirstBook Award, and The Dry Valley (Radiant, 2019), her second collection. She has served on dozens of community-based boards of directors, most recently three years as Literary Co-ordinator followed by two years as Chair of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival. A lifelong volunteer, Bernadette received the 2018 Hyland Volunteer Award for outstanding leadership in the Saskatchewan writing community. She lives and writes in Regina.
Biography: Kyo Maclear
KYO MACLEAR is a novelist, essayist and children’s author. She was born in London, England, and moved to Toronto at the age of four. Kyo holds an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and is currently a doctoral student at York University, where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is the author of two acclaimed novels for adults, The Letter Opener and Stray Love, and numerous beloved books for children, including Julia, Childand The Good Little Book. Her essays and art criticism have been widely published and anthologized in North America, Europe and Asia/Australia. Kyo lives in Toronto, where she shares a home with two sons, two cats, a musician and a truckload of books.
Biography: Thomas Leduc
Thomas L. Leduc is the descendant of four generations of miners and works at an industrial supply company in Sudbury. His poetry and writing has appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the U.S.. Thomas was Poet Laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury between 2014 and 2016. He is President of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild. He lives in Sudbury with his wife and two children.
Biography: Katherine Koller
Katherine Koller writes for stage, screen, radio and page. Her first plays, for CBC radio, are
Cowboy Boots and a Corsage and Magpie. Her trilogy of Alberta Landworks plays includes Last
Chance Leduc, The Seed Savers and Coal Valley and her collection of plays is Voices of the
Land: The Seed Savers and Other Plays (AU Press). Her six-part web documentary, Sustainable
Me, features Edmonton youth changing their world (sustainablemeyeg.ca). Art Lessons (Enfield
& Wizenty), her debut novel, was a finalist for both the Edmonton Book Prize and the Alberta
Readers’ Choice Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Grain, Epiphany, Alberta Views,
Prairie Journal and Room, and her collection of short stories about second chances is Winning
Chance (Enfield & Wizenty). She has written dance and ballet story libretti, including Murder at
the Strand, Damsels of the Night, Ariadne’s Gate, Heart of Darkness and Cave Beat, and
excerpts from her opera, The Handless Maiden, played the Vancouver Opera Spring Festival and
#IndieOperaWeek in Vancouver. Her new radio play, Hope Soup, part of the 2019 Edmonton
Fringe Festival, will be podcasted at Edmonton Script Salon. Katherine recently served as
Writer-in-Residence for Canadian Authors Association-Alberta and Spotlight Author for
Edmonton Public Library. She teaches at the University of Alberta, where her favorite subject is
Aboriginal Literature, and enjoys giving workshops and talks for writers and attending book
clubs as a visiting author. She co-produces Script Salon, a monthly new play reading series now
in its sixth year. www.katherinekoller.ca Katherine has also produced a documentary webseries, Sustainable Me, and teaches at the University of Alberta.
Biography: Lauren Carter
Lauren Carter is the author of four books: the novel This Has Nothing To Do With You, her debut novel, Swarm, long-listed for CBC Canada Reads, and the poetry collections Lichen Bright and Following Sea, which is about Manitoulin Island ancestry and infertility. Her writing has been nominated for the Giller Prize, the Journey Prize, and published in Best Canadian Stories and several other publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and has taught creative writing across North America and online to students around the world. She grew up in Blind River, Ontario, and lived in Orillia before moving to Northern Manitoba. She currently lives in St. Andrews, Manitoba, a rural area near Winnipeg.
Biography: Rosanna Battigelli
Rosanna Battigelli, a former award-winning teacher, lives in Sudbury and is a member and past president of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild. She is a professional member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. An alumna of the Humber School for Writers, she has been published in sixteen anthologies.
Rosanna’s children’s book—Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round—was released by Pajama Press in September 2019. It is written in bouncy rhyme, describing an autumn trip to the pumpkin patch with a cast of cat characters ready to celebrate Halloween. The charming illustrations are by award-winning Tara Anderson.
Rosanna has two books published with Harlequin UK and a third is forthcoming. Her novel La Brigantessa (Inanna Publications, 2018) was awarded Gold for Historical Fiction in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards). It was shortlisted for the 2019 Canadian Authors Association Fred Kerner Book Award and a finalist for The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards. La Brigantessa won a 2019 International Book Award for Best Cover Design and it is shortlisted for the Northern Lit Awards.
Biography: Louise Ells
Louise Ells earned her PhD in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University, and was a Hawthorden Fellow in 2017. Her fiction is informed by her diverse life experiences; she has worked as a chef, caregiver, and co-pilot on a submarine, and survived a category five hurricane. An English and Creative Writing instructor, Louise currently teaches for Cambridge Programmes, at Churchill College, Cambridge, and at Nipissing University, North Bay. She and her husband live on the shore of Lake Nipissing with their beloved cat.
Biography: Tanya Neumeyer
Tanya is a Toronto-based poet who facilitates spoken word workshops for youth and adults.
Motivated by community building, reflection and dialogue for positive social change, Tanya celebrates 10 years in poetry this year.
Tanya is a member of the 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam team that represented Toronto at the US National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon, bringing home the bronze.
From poetry slams to festivals to schools and conferences in Vancouver, Victoria, Regina, Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal, Detrioit, Madison, Columbus, & Boston, Tanya is keen to bring poetry to a venue near you.
Tanya’s first book, Piecing It Togther, was published in 2009 by Thee Hellbox Press, a printing press making innovative, hand-made books. The chapbook version of this work sold-out. Thee Hellbox and Tanya created a second chapbook titled, what breaks me open, in 2015.
Tanya is a Toronto Poetry Project collective member, a member of the League of Canadian Poets, poets.ca and has worked with TDSB Creates and the Ontario Arts Council’s Artist in Education programs.
Biography: Wilfred N'Sondé
Wilfried N’Sondé was born in 1969 in the Congo (Brazzaville) and grew up in France. He is now based in Paris. Wilfried is widely considered one of the shining lights of the new generation of African and Afropean writers. His work has received considerable critical attention and been recognized with prestigious literary awards, including the Prix de Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the Prix Senghor de la création littéraire. His last novel, Concrete Flowers (Indiana University Press 2018).
Biography: Maude Veilleux
Maude Veilleux was born in 1987. She has published a number of fanzines and two
poetry collections. Prague is her second novel; her first, also published in French with
Hamac, was longlisted for the Prix des libraires du Québec, the Quebec booksellers’
award. She lives and works in Montreal.
Biography: Scott Overton
A radio broadcaster for more than thirty years, Scott’s novel Dead Air, published by Scrivener Press of Sudbury, is a mystery/thriller about the world of radio. Dead Air was shortlisted for a Northern Lit Award in Ontario, Canada. But most of his writing is science fiction and fantasy. His short fiction has been published in SF magazines and several Canadian and American anthologies including Casserole Diplomacy: The On Spec 25th Anniversary Anthology. He’s pursued a traditional publishing contract with the help of a New York agent, and has self-published a collection of his short stories under the title Beyond. He plans to publish his first science fiction novel in early 2020.
Biography: Michael Hutchinson
Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario where he works in communications at the Assembly of First Nations, which advocates for First Nation families and communities across Canada. He writes the books in the Mighty Muskrat Mystery series to instil pride in Indigenous youth and educate others about First Nation communities, beliefs, and opinions.
Biography: Denise Truax
Denise Truax is the executive director and publisher of Éditions Prise de parole, a literary publishing house based in Sudbury, since 1988. She is a founding member and first publisher of Éditions l’Interligne in Ottawa, a founding partner of the Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury, and of the Regroupement des éditeurs canadiens-français in Ottawa, on whose board she served for over ten years. She is a past member of the board of the Ontario Arts Council. Has taught classes at Laurentian University and has served on a number of juries for both the Ontario and Canada Arts Councils.
Biography: Chloe Laduchesse
Cinquième poète officielle de la ville du Grand Sudbury, Chloé LaDuchesse est l’autrice de Furies, un premier recueil de poésie paru en 2017 aux éditions Mémoire d’encrier qui a été finaliste au Prix de poésie Trillium. Elle est également l’autrice de plusieurs zines et organise, depuis 2017, la foire de zines annuelle Expozine Sudbury. Après s’être fait connaître dans le milieu de la critique littéraire, elle travaille maintenant dans le domaine de l’édition et anime des activités littéraires à Sudbury.
Fifth poet laureate of the city of Greater Sudbury, Chloé LaDuchesse is the author of Furies, a first collection of poetry published in 2017 by Mémoire d’encrier (finalist, Trillium Poetry Prize). She is also the author of several zines and organizes, since 2017, the annual zine fair Expozine Sudbury. After working as a literary critic, she now officiates in a publishing house and hosts literary events in Sudbury.
Biography: Nancy Daoust
Nancy Daoust is a retired English teacher. She studied English at York University where she combined her English studies with creative writing courses. In addition to favouring Canadian writers, Nancy loves exploring pop culture (particularly music) and its influence on our lives. She loves the extra time she now has to read and has begun writing more seriously in her retirement.
Biography: Christopher Dewdney
Christopher Dewdney is the award-winning, bestselling author of four books of nonfiction and eleven books of poetry. A four-time nominee for the Governor General’s Award, he won the CBC Literary Competition for poetry and has been awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize. His most recent book is 18 Miles: The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and Its Weather. Christopher lives in Toronto, where he teaches writing at York University.
Biography: Dieter Buse
Dieter K. Buse’s is professor emeritus at Laurentian University (History), author and editor of numerous publications in modern European and Canadian history including Best Reference Work 1998 for the encyclopedia, Modern Germany.He co-authored, Come on Over: Northeastern Ontario A-Z, and Untold: Northeastern Ontario’s Military Past, Volume 1 (2018) and Volume 2 (2019).He enjoys dancing, golfing, gardening, fishing, curling, and sculpting.
Biography: Laura Young
Laura E. Young is an award-winning journalist and the author of Solo Yet Never Alone Swimming the Great Lakes, and Soulmates on Ice: From Hometown Glory to the Top of the Podium. Originally from Nova Scotia, Laura found a home among the blue lakes and rocky shores of Northeastern Ontario. She’s also a swimmer, race director of the Ian McCloy Island Swim, and paddler of many canoes.
Biography: Mike Commito
Mike Commito is the author of Hockey 365: Daily Stories from the Ice. He is also the Team Historian for the Sudbury Wolves and a writer for the LA Kings. Mike is currently working on a book about the history of the Wolves with Mark Kuhlberg and Scott Miller for Latitude 46 Publishing. When he’s not writing about hockey, Mike is the Director of Applied Research & Innovation at Cambrian College.
Biography: Thierry Dimanche
Born in Québec City, Thierry Dimanche has published a dozen books since 2002, mostly poetry, under various publishing banners including Prise de parole in Sudbury. He collaborates quite frequently with composers and musicians, from contemporary music to noise and metal.He is a literature professor at Laurentian University since 2007. His first novel Cercles de feu sees (The Light of Day) (Le Quartanier, ed.) is being released.
Biography: Kate Rutherford
Kate Rutherford is an award-winning journalist with CBC Sudbury. Her literary tastes are far-ranging but her (not so) guilty pleasure is a finely-crafted mystery.
Biography: Douglas Gary Freeman
Douglas Gary Freeman grew up in Washington, D.C. While a student working in Chicago’s South
Side in the 1960s, he was targeted for elimination by Chicago’s Red Squad. Married with four
children, he has worked chiefly as a library para-professional in Toronto. Arrested in 2004 on an
extradition warrant, he returned home to Canada after an 11-year successful struggle for justice.
He lives in Mississauga.