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WANL Board of directors 2011-12
Executive officersChad Pelley, President
Chad Pelley is an award-winning writer, songwriter and photographer from St. Johnís, and the founder of Salty Ink. His debut novel, Away from Everywhere, was a Coles bestseller, won or was shortlisted for several awards, has been adopted by university courses and a film adaptation is underway. His short fiction has been published in journals, textbooks, anthologies and recognized by close to ten awards. His second novel, Every Little Thing, is due out in spring of 2013. Heís taught creative writing and written for a variety of publications, such as Quill & Quire, The National Post and Atlantic Books Today.
Camille Fouillard, Vice-President
Camille Fouillard writes, researches and facilitates. She holds degrees in music, education and journalism, and boasts a trove of experience in social justice and community development work. She has edited an Innu newspaper and several books, including Itís Like the Legend: Innu Womenís Voices (Gynergy, 2000), and has contributed to an anthology and several publications, including The Antigonish Review. She received the Larry Jackson Writers Award in 2002 and has been runner-up in the Writersí Union of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition. Between the jigs and the reels, and mothering Esmée and Léo, she is working on a book of short fiction...or is it a novel?
Michele Bowes, Treasurer
Michele Bowes holds a BA and a BEd and her employment and freelance experience includes print journalism, advertising copy, research, editorial work and even beekeeping. She knows Roberts Rules as well as anyone can, and can cite them without falling asleep. She has published short works of fiction and non-fiction. She is in the process of endlessly rewriting her two precious novels. She has five procreative accomplishments to embellish her resume of creative work. Michele considers her latest island residence an adventure.
Karen Lundy, Secretary
Karen Lundy has been a member of the Writersí Alliance for a number of years and currently serves on the WORD Committee. She served in the capacity of Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland Brain Injury Association in the mid-nineties. In 2011, her short story, Time Signature, was published in The Nashwaak Review. She lives in St. Johnís where she is currently working on a novel.
DirectorsStephanie McKenzie, Western/Labrador
Stephanie McKenzie has published two collections of poetry with Salmon Poetry (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland), Cutting My Motherís Hair (2006) and Grace Must Wander (2009). Her third collection, Saviours in This Little Space for Now: Poems for Emily Carr and Vincent van Gogh, is forthcoming (Salmon). Stephanie also published a book of literary criticism with the University of Toronto Press, Before the Country: Native Renaissance, Canadian Mythology (2007). Stephanie is an associate professor in the English programme, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Philip Patey, Central/Burin
Philip Patey spends most of his time writing when he is not tending perennial flowers and volunteering with several community and provincial organizations. He has read his poetry at the Ericís Time venue of the March Hare, is a member of Scribblersí Ink, a Ganderbased writers, group and has served on the WANL board as the Central/Burin representative for several years.
Catherine Hogan-Safer, St. John's/Avalon
Catherine Hogan-Safer was born in the Codroy Valley and grew up in Gander, but St. Johnís is the place she loves, and after 17 long years in Halifax, is home for good. Her novel, Bishopís Road, was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada first novel award. What if Your Mom Made Raisin Buns? was shortlisted for a Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. She has won an Arts and Letters prize for short fiction. Some of her pieces have been recorded by Rattling Books and she is currently working on a novel and collection of short stories.
Holly Clark, St. John's/Avalon
Holly Clark is a determined, passionate writer with a strong sense of conviction. With a degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, she is a bold but conscientious journalist; determined to achieve her best but respectful of peoplesí sensitivities. Upon completing her degree, Holly worked at a consulting firm for two years, where she discovered her passion for public engagement and communications. Now living in St. Johnís, Holly is adjusting to East-coast life, continuing to expand her passions and write about the people, places and cultural wonders that surround her.
Caighlan Smith, Youth Liaison
Born June 1, 1994, Caighlan Smith is an 18 year old English major at Memorial University. Her first novel is being published by Boulder Publications and will be released summer 2013. Caighlan writes purely fiction, and canít help adding a fantastical twist of some sort to all of her work. The Ďghí in her name is silent.
Sharon Smith, Member-at-Large
Sharon Smith has been slinging the ink for 40 years. She started writing for television in the late 70s with the CBC series Up At Ours and has gone on to write, direct and produce for film and television ever since, both in St. Johnís and across Canada. She was on the board of directors of NIFCO for a number of years and is a pastpresident of the Producers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sharon has written her first novel but, by no means, her last.
Kerri Cull, Member-at-Large
Kerri Cull is the founder of The Book Fridge and has authored one book of poetry called Soak (Breakwater, 2012). After taking her Master of Arts in English from Memorial University in 2004, she used her education in print media, publishing, broadcasting, teaching and writing. She is currently working on a collection of short stories as well as tending to her blog and doing as much reading as possible. She lives in Gander.
Annamarie Beckel, Member-at-Large
Annamarie Beckel worked as a science writer at the University of Wisconsin from 1980Ė1990 and then as a writer, photographer and newsletter editor on the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe reserve until 2004, when she moved to St. Johnís. Her books include: Silence of Stone (2008), Dancing in the Palm of His Hand (2005), and All Gone Widdun (1999), which won the 1999 Book Achievement Award, first place fiction, from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Annamarie lives in St. Johnís and is working on her fourth novel.
The Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador gratefully acknowledges the financial support of|
the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the City of St. John's.