WFNB Writing Competition Winner Bios

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Carol Steel retired from mental health education to work on her first poetry collection at her home in Grande-Digue, NB. Her poetry combines candid emotions with the natural world, is published in various literary journals and Cadence: Voix féminines, Female Voices.

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Michael Coughlin is a lgbt+ student of Harbour View High School and is 16 years old. He is very interested in arts of many forms, such as writing, drawing, and music.

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Shaun Cunningham was born in Saskatchewan to a family of Northern Irish immigrants and has since lived in many places. The last 13 years, during which he retired as a full-time teacher, have been spent in New Brunswick as the result of marrying a homesick Maritimer. He loves the place for three of every four seasons.

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Loie Dunn was born in Yarmouth, NS, and currently calls Hillsborough, NB home. Her fairy tale flash fiction, Ladybug Cake, was published by Enchanted Conversation Magazine. She is currently revising her YA fantasy, The Woodland’s Heir.

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Melanie Craig-Hansford lives in Erbs Cove. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University graduating with a BFA and an Education degree. She taught high school art and was a teacher-librarian in Ontario for 27 years and retired in 2014.  She is just putting the final touches on an illustrated poetry manuscript.

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Kennedy Flander is a high school student from Hampton, NB who has plans to attend university in the fall of 2020. In her spare time, Kennedy enjoys reading, drawing and quality time with her family.

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Tori Garnett is 15 years old and lives in Saint John. Some of her passions are reading, writing, dancing, talking pictures, listening to music, and spending time with her family and animals. When she was younger, she struggled with writing due to a learning disability, but as mental health decided, she turned to it. Since then it has become her anchor and life source.

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Kathy Mac loves dogs, helps run the Odd Sundays Reading Series in Fredericton NB, published her third poetry book Human Misunderstanding in 2017, is starting to envy her retired friends though she still enjoys teaching creative writing at St. Thomas University, has won some regional and national writing awards and been nominated for more, has brown eyes, used to have brown hair, and has a website at kathymacpoet.com.

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Brent Mason is a Saint John-based award-winning singer/songwriter who recently released his 11th album. Brent’s love of words has always shone through in his song writing, but more recently he’s also turned his attention to prose and poetry. Brent is currently working on a collection of short stories.

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Roger Moore BA [Bristol], MA, PhD [Toronto], is an award-winning academic, teacher, poet, and short-story writer who has lived in Canada since 1966 and New Brunswick since 1971. He has published more than thirty books and / or chapbooks of poetry and prose.

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Trent Pomeroy lives in Rothesay on the Kennebecasis River, with his wife and daughter.  He is a recent retiree from the software industry. He writes as a hobby, mainly short fiction and creative non-fiction, and is a member of the writing/editing group Seaside Scribes.

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Neil Sampson lives in the apple orchards out on the Nashwaak. Though he’s not yet rich and retired like his many, many writer friends, they both tell him to keep pressing on.

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Cheryl Thomas enjoys writing silly stories and poems for children that are fun to read aloud, paint vivid pictures in our minds and ultimately make us laugh.  She would like to thank the Writers’ Federation of NB for providing a resource for inspiring writers of all ages.

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Colin Thornton studied mass media in high school, drawing and painting in college, music and sound production after college. Following a career in advertising and public relations, he began to write short stories.

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Jane Spavold Tims is a writer, botanist and artist living in rural New Brunswick. She is author of two books of poetry: within easy reach (Chapel Street Editions, 2016) and in the shelter of the covered bridge (Chapel Street Editions, 2017). She also writes the science fiction series Meniscus (under the name Alexandra Tims) and the Kaye Eliot Mysteries. In 2016 she won the WFNB Alfred G. Bailey Prize (First Place) for her poetry manuscript mnemonic.

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Martha Vowles is a semi-retired speech pathologist who is from Québec and has lived in New Brunswick for thirty-five years. She writes memoir, short fiction, and poetry. She has completed a memoir and is working on her first novel.

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Laura Watson is an artist and writer living in Sackville, New Brunswick. She acquired her BFA from Mount Allison University in 2015. She works in drawing, printmaking, bookmaking, textiles, and writing, and distributes much of her work for free through her international Mail Exchange.

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