Literature


Aubin, Daniel



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.

Contact Name: Crystal McCollom, Chair

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.  Our finances are reviewed and we carry on a number of fundrasing activities during the year, including membership fees, events and ticket sales.  We have a Board of Directors and a Constitution and Bi-Laws (March 2009).  Since the begining, we have produced 14 Irish Celtic fairs (attendance from 600 – 1200), and ran a variety of weekly programs, large community shows (e.g. Echoes of Erin) and preformed in countless venues.  At the last Echos of Erin Irish show hosted in the community, there were 700-800 attendees and 45 volunteer participants.  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 which is attended by (average) 10 – 30 children.  Our activities in public are usually directed towards all ages including seniors of any ethnicity.  We regularly perform for the residents of Long-Term Care facilities.  More recently we have organized a number of ceili dances (80 – 100 attendance).  Our dancers and Irish speakers attend events and competitions across the province.  We have now been funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide set dancing (similar to square dancing) lessons in the community.  This is all been possible because of a core group od dedicated community volunteers.

The objectives/activities for which the corporation is incorporated are:

-To educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts by providing performances of an artistic nature in public places, senior citizens homes, churches, community centres and educational institutions and by providing seminars on topics relating to such performances.

-To provide instructional seminars on topics related to the performing and visual arts.

-To produce performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciating of Irish culture.



Fisher, Karen

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 is the editor of Sudbury Living magazine, and a former editor of Northern Life. She is the found president of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild.



Greater Sudbury Public Library

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



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

Tom works for Wajax Industrial Components by day and has been developing his writing and poetry in his spare time over the past seven years. He started submitting his work to local publishers in recent years and in 2012 won the Vale Living with Lakes Centre poetry contest with his poem “My Northern Lake”. Tom is a member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild and as a representative of the Guild, performed a collection of poems at Sudbury’s very first Wordstock Festival.

He also regularly contributes to the Library’s monthly poetry nights hosted at the Main Library. He is planning, as part of his legacy project for this position, to work with young people in the community and encourage and support children and youth with writing and poetry.

Tom spends time each month in the library, where he is available to meet with the public to discuss writing, upcoming events and other poetry-related projects.

His office is located at the Main Public Library. You can reach Tom by email at  or by calling 705-673-1155 ext. 4761.



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



Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival

Contact Name: Heather Campbell

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