Megan Gail Coles is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National Theatre School of Canada. She is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. Megan is currently working on a trilogy of plays examining resource exploitation in Newfoundland and Labrador titled The Driftwood Trilogy: Falling Trees, Building Houses and Wasting Paper. She is a member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre (NL Rep) and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. Her completed plays include Our Eliza (Playwrights’ Canada Press & Breakwater Books), The Battery and Bound. Megan is originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. She currently resides in St. John’s where she works at Breakwater Books Ltd. Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome is Megan’s first fiction publication.
Charis Cotter grew up in downtown Toronto beside a cemetery and developed an early love of reading and acting at her local library, where she appeared in plays. She studied English in university and went to drama school in London, England. Cotter’s series of biographies for children have received critical acclaim and her book, Toronto between Wars: Life in the City 1919-1939, won the Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence in 2005. Cotter has toured Canada from coast to coast, engaging children with her lively school presentations that feature games, storytelling and her entertaining alter egos: Queen Elizabeth II and the Scottish Silky Ghost.
She lives in a particularly haunted part of Newfoundland, where she has been working with children to publish their own books of traditional local ghost stories. The author lives in Western Bay, Newfoundland.
Stan Dragland is a talented, prolific, critically acclaimed and widely respected author who recently wrote a book full of penis jokes, a feminist text that rises above stereotype and traditional roles, and the either/or choices they so often involve, offering a funny and biting look at male strut and competition. Literary critic, editor, novelist, poet, born and raised in Alberta, Dragland studied at the University of Alberta, where he received a BA and MA, and earned a PhD from Queen’s University. He retired from teaching in 1999 and now lives in St. John’s NL.
Donna Morrissey is the award-winning author of Kit’s Law, Downhill Chance, What They Wanted, and Sylvanus Now, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She recently wrote a children’s book, Cross Katie Kross, illustrated by her daughter, Bridget. Morrissey grew up in The Beaches, a small fishing outport in Newfoundland and now lives in Halifax.
Nicholas Ruddock’s award-winning poetry and fiction have been widely published in Canada and abroad. His story How Eunice Got Her Baby appeared in the Journey Anthology 19 and was produced by the Canadian Film Centre. His novel, The Parabolist (Doubleday, 2010), was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. Ruddock lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Christine Welldon loves bringing little-known stories of Canadian history to life for young readers. Her books include The Children of Africville (Nimbus 2009), Children of the Titanic (Nimbus 2010), and Listen to My Story: Pier 21 (Nimbus 2012). Her books for children have been nominated for the Hackmatack, Golden Oak, Round Table Children’s Literature, and ALA Amelia Bloomer awards.
What Odds — Wanda Crocker, Gerry Strong, Jean Hewson and Rick West are all long-time contributors to the Newfoundland traditional music scene. They have played with each other in sessions and in various combinations on stage over the years without unfortunate incident. So, why not answer Newfoundland’s desperate need for another traditional band and find fame and fortune before geezerhood takes over entirely? “What odds, may as well”, they thought and hatched WHAT ODDS in the (very early) spring of 2013. The rest is unwritten history.
Steve Maloney is a classically trained, vocally driven, singer and songwriter from St. John’s, NL. Steve was included in the Newfoundland Herald’s “Artist’s to Watch” in 2012, and was named “Best Solo Artist” and “Best Artist to Enjoy Quietly” in the Scope’s final “Best of Music” issue in 2013. Steve has showcased at the In the Dead of Winter festival, Lawnya Vawnya arts and music festival, the East Coast Music Award’s Breakout Stage, the Roots, Rants and Roars festival, Writer’s at Woody Point, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. Last March Steve released his debut album with his own group; Steve Maloney (and the Wandering Kind), followed by touring to Ontario and back. Most recently, Steve received an armful of awards from the Overcast arts magazine, including “Best Male Solo Act”, “Best Male Vocalist”, and “Best Artist to Enjoy Quietly” among others. Steve currently lives in St. John’s where he rehearses with the Wandering Kind, as well as filling duties as a drummer, vocalist, and keyboardist with other local groups.