Marlene Creates is an acclaimed environmental artist and poet who lives and works in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. Born in Montreal, Creates studied visual arts at Queen’s University (ON). For over thirty years her work has been an exploration of the relationship between human experience, memory, language and the land, and the impact they have on each other. http://www.marlenecreates.ca
Sheilah Wilson was born in Caribou River (NS) and studied photography at the Instituto Allende (Mexico) and visual art at NSCAD University before receiving her Masters of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College (UK). Wilson’s work is an investigation of the seam that binds experience to language, story to teller and fantasy to history through photography, site-specific public art and performance. http://sheilahwilson.com
Susan Sellers has traveled back and forth to Pictou Island for the past 25 years. Sellers is a retired school teacher with 28 years experience, five of which she was the enrichment teacher assigned to students on Pictou Island. Sellers is also a writer, photographer and lover of horses, having recently published images in Saltscapes magazine.
Sheree Fitch is an educator, literacy activist and author of award winning poetry, picture books, nonfiction, plays and novels for all ages. Her books include: Toes in My Nose (1987), There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, Mable Murple. If You Could Wear my Sneakers. In 1998 she won the prestigious Vicky Metcalf award for a body of work inspirational to Canadian Children. Her work as a poet and literacy educator has taken her to the Arctic as eight-time poet laureate for Peter Gzowski’s fundraisers for literacy and to Bhutan where she taught writing and participated in that country’s first national reading week.
Linda Little lives and writes in River John. She has published short stories in many reviews and anthologies, including The Antigonish Review, Descant, Matrix, The Journey Prize Anthology, and The Penguin Book of Short Stories by Canadian Women. Linda has two award-winning novels, Strong Hollow (2001) and Scotch River (2006). In addition to writing, Linda teaches at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and is involved with River John’s annual literary festival, Read by the Sea.
Raina McDonald lives in Pictou County where she enjoys engaging with her rural community through art and teaching yoga. Originally from Victoria, BC, she graduated from NSCAD University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Raina looks to the worlds around her for metaphors to describe her own evolution, creating work through printmaking, installation, sculpture and community projects that speaks to the current human experience.
Katherine Knight (Site Media Inc.) is nationally recognized for her photographic and installation works, which often incorporates black and white stills, text and archival material. Her work explores the intersection of private and public experience through landscape-based approaches. A professor at York University (Toronto), Knight has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows across Canada and in the United States, and her works are held in many public and corporate collections including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Banff Centre for the Arts and The Canada Council Art Bank. She was awarded the Canada Council’s Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography in 2000 in recognition of the excellence of her work.
David Craig’s (Site Media Inc.) background in creative arts management and media production includes positions as head of the media arts office of the Ontario Arts Council an as a business analyst at Telefilm Canada, Canada’s largest cultural investor in television, feature film and new media.
Al Tuck has shared the stage with Garth Hudson, Feist, Sarah Harmer, Superfriendz, Old Man Luedecke, Buck 65, Matt Mays and Joel Plaskett. He is an awesome encyclopedia of popular music, a roving troubadour familiar with the inside of nearly every bar and club from coast to coast. Country, blues, r&b, rock, dub and maybe even a little vaudeville are all on his map. His consummate musical grace and dreamy drawling vocals belie one of the sharpest and most deliberate songwriting minds in music today.