Aubin, Daniel

Buse, Dieter

Dieter is a professor emeritus (History), and author/editor of numerous publications in modern European and Canadian history, including art history and the well-received local study, Come on Over: Northeastern Ontario.  He has been on many boards, including those of legal clinics and art galleries.

Cannon, Kristan

Kristan was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and educated in North Bay and Toronto.

She is a staunch supporter of literacy, reading, and young writer’s programs.  She also holds a current membership with the Indi Writer’s Network and is a member of the NaNoWriMo Ambassador’s program.

When not researching or writing, Kristan exists for sailing on the local lakes, painting, and outdoor sports until the snow and ice locks her boat on shore at which point she moves to EVE Online and creating cosplay.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Irish Arts Association Inc.

CCE SIAAI concerns itself with the development of an environment conducive to: promoting traditional Irish music and arts in all forms; promoting, in particular, the playing of the harp and uilleann pipes locally; promoting Irish traditional dancing and singing with the traditional music; fostering and promoting the use of the Irish language; creating a closer bond among all lovers of Irish music and culture.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Irish Arts Association Inc. (a non-profit, charitable organization) was originally formed on March 17, 1996 under the name Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Branch. Since the begining, we have produced 14 Irish Celtic fairs, and ran a variety of weekly programs, large community shows (e.g. Echoes of Erin) and preformed in countless venues.  We also train local adult singers, dancers and speakers of Irish, and also children to dance, sing, speak Irish, Irish crafts, do plays, and play fiddles and tin whistles.  Our programs are provided on a weekly basis to children, youth and adults.  We also run a week long Irish Summer school.

Fisher, Karen (Kari)

« I write big books to make up for the fact that I’m only 4’11. »

Kari Fisher is an author, poet and dog groomer who has made Northern Ontario her home. She is a fan of many different types of literature and music, and spends her days shaving dogs or writing while sipping coffee, which she is hopelessly addicted to.

Disorganized and clumsy, Kari rarely ever wears matching socks.

She encourages her readers to view her characters as she does–after a glass of red wine.

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Gilhula, Vicki

Vicki Gilhula is associate publisher and editor of Sudbury Living Magazine has worked in journalism in Sudbury for three decades.  She has been a member of the Sudbury Arts Council for many years, and one of the founders of the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts event.

Greater Sudbury Public Library (GSPL)

Contact Name: Jessica Watts

The Greater Sudbury Public Library promotes literacy, preserves the past, and explores new ideas in Greater Sudbury. There are many ways the public libraries support arts and culture in the community including: providing art spaces to display visual art, offering spaces for groups to gather and perform, hosting special events and regular library programs, and promoting online through our website and social media. GSPL aims to support local writers by promoting local talent and highlighting works written by local authors. The Main Library also houses a Makerspace open to makers of all ages and we run a regular Maker-in-Residence program that is open to makers who want to share their skills and vision with the community of Greater Sudbury. Through this program we are open to all forms of making and invite applicants from all traditional areas of art, technology and electronics. With 13 locations in the Greater Sudbury area, opportunities to further promote arts and culture to the wider community are possible though the public libraries.

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Heiti, Matthew

Born and living in a meteor crater in Northern Ontario, Matthew has a BFA in acting and an MA in creative writing. He is the author of a novel, The City Still Breathing, as well as several plays. He is currently playwright-in-residence with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation.

Latitude 46 Publishing

Latitude 46 Publishing was established in 2015 with a goal to publish distinctive literary works by established and emerging authors with a connection to northern Ontario, as well as narratives about the unique landscape and culture of the region. We seek to uncover the untold stories of the North, both fiction and non-fiction, although we’re equally interested in representing diverse storytellers who can bring ideas and facts to life. Latitude 46 Publishing is located in Sudbury, ON, along the 46th parallel, where founders and publishers Heather Campbell and Laura Stradiotto live and write. Latitude 46 Publishing is a member of the Literary Press Group and Ontario Book Publishers Organization.

Contact Name: Heather Campbell & Laura Stradiotto

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Leduc, Tom

Thomas Leduc is currently the President of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild. He was also Poet Laureate of Sudbury, 2014-15. His short stories and poetry have been published in numerus anthologies and Magazines. You can often hear Tom read at the main branch of the Sudbury public library every second Thursday of the month. His first book of poetry “Slagflowers” will be published in the spring of 2019 by Latitude 46 publishing.

Nash, Roger

Inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury, and twice President of the League of Canadian Poets, Roger Nash has published seventeen books.

Roger was born in the blitz in London, where he was bombed out of his pram. He grew up in Egypt and Singapore, coming to Canada in 1965. He has degrees from the University of Wales (B.A.), McMaster University (M.A.) ,and the University of Exeter (Ph.D.). He’s Professor Emeritus in the Philosophy Department of Laurentian University, Fellow of Thorneloe University, and Cantor at Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue. In his double term as President of the League of Canadian Poets, he worked with Senator Grafstein to create the position of Canadian Poet Laureate.

Nash has authored nine books of poetry, one of short stories, and three of philosophy, as well as editing four anthologies of poetry. His publishers are from coast to coast in Canada, and in the U.K. His most recent book of poems is Upsidoon (Scrivener Press, 2014). Literary awards include the PEN/O. Henry Prize Story Award (2009), the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry (1997), Arc’s Confederation Poets Prize (1997, 2001), 1st place in Fiddlehead’s Poetry Contest (1994), and 1st place in Prism international’s Poetry Contest (1986). Al Purdy was his poetic mentor.

Partridge, Shawna Diane

Sanders, Bill

Bill Sanders has been working as an arts professional for over 30 years. He was the Technical Director for Rainbow Theatre in Parry Sound in the early 90s and then came back to Sudbury to work backstage at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. In 1993 he secured a full time position at Laurentian University in the Fraser Auditorium. It was at this point that he started to collaborate with Amber J. Hicks acting in Murder Mysteries. He also acted for Windmill Theatre in Lively and then backs at The Sudbury Theatre Centre in Arsenic and Old Lace. The Theatre Centre then asked him to direct in the following summer. Bill cast local actors to perform in Run for Your Wife, which received glowing reviews. He was also working for Theatre Cambrian as Technical director on A Christmas Carol. He has designed set, lights and multimedia for The Trojan Women, Sept 11 th Project, String of Pearls, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest for the Thorneloe Theatre program. He has written 2 plays and co- wrote 9 others, wrote two skit comedy shows and writes all of his own standup comedy. Bill has been doing corporate comedy events for the since 2005. Bill was also on the Board of the Fringe Festival and then performed at the festival in Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead. He is presently a member of ACTRA and is working with Sarah Gartshore on a variety of projects.

Tye, Shirley

You can contact Shirley at: 705.677.5891 or via email:


Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival

Contact Name: Heather Campbell

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