Lesley Choyce is the author of 87 books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He runs Pottersfield Press and has worked as editor with a wide range of Canadian authors including Farley Mowat, Thomas Raddall, Harold Horwood, Neil Peart, Maxine Tynes, and many others. He has edited a number of literary anthologies and hosted several television shows over the years.
Choyce has been teaching English and Creative Writing at Dalhousie and other universities for over thirty years and has acted as mentor to many emerging writers during that time. He has won The Dartmouth Book Award, The Atlantic Poetry Prize and The Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal, The White Pine Award, The Hackmatack Award, The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award and, most recently, The Governor General’s Award. He was a founding member of the 1990s Spoken Word rock band, The SurfPoets.
As well as teaching Creative Writing and English, he is an instructor in the Transition Year Program at Dal. In 2009, Choyce was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by the Dalhousie Student Union. He surfs year round in the North Atlantic.
Sue Goyette lives in Halifax, and has published four books of poems, The True Names of Birds, Undone and outskirts (Brick Books) and Ocean (Gaspereau Press, 2013). She has also published a novel, Lures (HarperCollins, 2002). She's been nominated for several awards including the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Gerald Lampert, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Dartmouth Book Award and the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize. She won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the 2010 Earle Birney Prize, the 2011 Bliss Carman Award, the 2012 Pat Lowther Award, the 2012 Atlantic Poetry Prize and the 2013 Silver National Magazine Award for Poetry. Her poetry has appeared on the Toronto subway system, in wedding vows and spray-painted on a sidewalk somewhere in St. John, New Brunswick. Sue currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University.
Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She publishes, performs, and teaches in several literary genres, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate (2009-11) she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate. A descendant of Black Loyalists, Black Refugees, and Jamaican Maroons who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries, Shauntay’s love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities. Her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. She is a multidisciplinary artist with professional degrees and training in creative writing, music, and theatre. Her awards and honours include a Best Atlantic-Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing from the Canada Council for the Arts. Shauntay is one of four Canadian authors selected by the Writers’ Trust of Canada for its prestigious Berton House Writers Retreat (2015-16 cohort). She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Visit her online at ShauntayGrant.com
Carole Langille, the author of three books of poetry, has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award and The Atlantic Poetry Prize. Six poems from her third book, Late in a Slow Time, were put to music by the composer Chan Ka Nin and performed at Sound Symposium, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and will be recorded on Duo Concertante’s next CD. Her fourth book of poetry, Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems was published in 2012 and was nominated for the Atlantic Poetry Prize in 2013. Her children’s book, Where the Wind Sleeps was awarded “Our Choice” by Canadian Children's Book Centre. Langille has given readings in New York, Athens, Prague and workshops in Delhi and Kashmir. Her short-story collection, When I Always Wanted Something, was published in 2008, and was put on the ReLit Longlist for short fiction. In the summer of 2009 she taught poetry at Humber School for Writers in Toronto. In 2013 she was awarded the Established Artist Recognition Award from Arts Nova Scotia. Carole's most recent work is a book of linked short stories titled "I Am What I Am Because You Are What You Are," published by Gaspereau Press in October 2015. She has also had a poem included in "The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2015," published by Tightrope Books. More information about Carole Langille, as well as poems from her collections, can be seen online through Canadian Poetry Online (U of T). If you have questions about her courses, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Mendel has worked in the field of education for over fifteen years. As an Instructional Designer, she has designed and developed over one hundred interactive multimedia courses on subjects ranging from marketing expertise to workplace safety to Microsoft Office applications.
As an instructor she has delivered a range of leadership courses, including business and creative writing courses. Charlotte currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University.
Charlotte has published a range of short stories as well as two novels. Her first novel,Turn Us Again, won the 2011 H. R. Percy Novel Prize, the 2012 Beacon Award for Social Justice, and the 2014 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Her latest novel, A Hero, was released in June 2015.
Donna Morrissey has written five vivid novels cradled in the Newfoundland culture and yet universal in the emotional upheaval and transcending of its characters. She has received awards in Canada, the U.S., and England, and her novel, Sylvanus Now, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize.
Critics have compared Morrissey's depictions of Newfoundland's terrain and people to the worlds summed up by Hardy and Faulkner. Her fiction has been translated into several different languages.
Morrissey is also a scriptwriter: "Clothesline Patch" (short story) won a Gemini for best production and was nominated for best writing.
This past year she released a children's story, Cross Katie Kross, that was illustrated by her daughter, Bridgette. She also released her latest novel, The Depiction of Livvy Higgs, which has been shortlisted for the Ontario Evergreen Library Award and the Dartmouth Book Award, and the prestigious Atlantic Canada Award, the Raddall.