Member Directory - Literary, Writers & Writers Groups

Dian and Gary Bowers

SSAC Board Member (Chairperson, Literary) Dian is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She writes short stories about her surroundings and life. Her writings can be found in the Briar Crier Magazine off and on.

Alliston, ON

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Ralph Braden

Local author, Ralph E. Braden has written 4 books historical books: The Way We Were Then (#1,2,3 & 4) about people and places and lifestyles of yesteryears at Alliston and area.

196 Young St., Alliston, ON L9R 1V1
705-435-2131
ralphrosalba@hotmail.com

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Angie Carnegie

Published author and playwright

416-671-8951
angiecarnegie@hotmail.com

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Cael Cohen, Ph.D
Cael Cohen, Ph.D

Cael is an oral storyteller who trained under master storytellers in Toronto. She specializes in telling strange tales of wonder and ghost stories, and has performed at the Toronto Festival of Storytelling. She also writes young adult fiction, paints and is an amateur ornithologist. Her hobby is bartending. She is a part-time Bar Steward at the Tottenham Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 329. Cael is a philosophy professor at York University. Her area of expertise is existential phenomenology. Her work is influenced by John Dewey, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Evan Thompson. Her research weaves together complexity theory, emergence theory, enactive cognitive science, ecological thinking and Buddhist psychology. Cael has won several teaching awards. Accounts of her pedagogy, course design and use of teaching technologies have been reported on CBC Radio, CTV News, Toronto Sun, Metro News, 680 News Radio and in other media.

Tottenham, ON L0G 1W0
647-880-1237
cmcohen@yorku.ca
cmcohen.info.yorku.ca

Michelle Dinnick, B.sc.

Michelle Dinnick is an award-winning author and poet who writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, The Voice of the Farmer, Focus 50 Plus, Total Sports Magazine, The Briar Crier, and Arts Talk.

705-440-6205
michelledtds@gmail.com
www.michelledinnick.com

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Alice M. Edwards: Author

Award Winning Author of A.K.A. Nikki, middle grade graphic novel, available in all branches of the New Tec Libraries, Essa Public Libraries and Barrie Public Libraries.
Specializes in Memories to Go - Memoir Writing Workshops & courses for adults.
Available for Speaking Engagements for clubs, church groups.

Angus, ON L0M 1B3
flowinginkwoman@ymail.com
artlady2@yahoo.ca
www.alicemedwards.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/alicetheartlady

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Rosaleen Egan

From profiles to plays, short stories to feature articles, opinion pieces to web content, Rosaleen can reach a diversity of audiences and ages. She combines writing and photography on her website blog.

5891 Scotch Line, Alliston, ON L9R 1V2
705-434-4737
rosaleen.egan@gmail.com
www.rosiewrites.com

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Rosaleen Egan

Rosaleen focuses on the landscape, and plant and animal life found on the farm where she lives. She presents photos through an annual calendar, cards, select prints and her website blog.

Alliston, ON
705-434-4737
rosaleen.egan@gmail.com
www.rosiewrites.com

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Joyce Ernyes
Joyce Ernyes

Joyce is the author of Letters from Sugar (Sit Jack Publishing). This delightfully funny book is a compilation of letters from the newly acquired family cat to her previous owners. Sugar provides insight into her daily life from her own humorous perspective.
Available from the SSAC Gift Shop (Alliston), Amazon (hard copy and Kindle ebook), Manticore Books (Orillia), BookLore (Orangeville) and Moonbeam Books (Toronto).
Joyce is a member of the SSAC literary group the Wordsmiths. some of her short stories have been published in local magazines and newspapers.

New Lowell, ON L0M 1N0
705-424-7375
jmhe727@gmail.com
lettersfromsugar.ca

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Diane Hoondert

hoondertd@gmail.com

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Imagery - David Aspenlieder
Imagery - David Aspenlieder

Visual artist, Illustrator, instructor; Musician (Fiddle), instructor-graphic designer. Write, play music for special/charitable events, house parties, personal requests. Write poetry, prose & adult/childrens' fiction. Creativity for the enrichment of life, fun and personal freedom, for everyone.

5898 Conc. 3, RR#3, Everett, ON L0M 1V0
705-435-9753
davidaquixote@gmail.com
davidaquixote@gmail.com

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J.C. Kavanagh
J.C. Kavanagh

Writing has always been a favourite activity for J.C. Kavanagh. Early career days revolved around the newspaper business as journalist and photographer and J.C. worked her way up to the role of Editor. She was instrumental in launching a small newspaper in Bradford West Gwillimbury, reporting local news and photographing people, events, sports games and the occasional crotchety politician. Her focus later shifted to the private sector, where, for 20 years, she worked in communications and marketing.

author.j.c.kavanagh@gmail.com

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Kristen Kiomall-Evans Studio - Kristen Kiomall-Evans
Kristen Kiomall-Evans Studio - Kristen Kiomall-Evans

Kristen Kiomall-Evans is a 3D/2D generalist working out of Borden Ontario. Her comic XII: of Magic & Muses has been ongoing since 2016 and works on traditional animation in her spare time.

613-403-0234
kkiomallevans@gmail.com
XII of Magic and Muses

Heidi Light
Heidi Light

Heidi is both an artist known for her hand-built silver jewelry and a published non-fiction author with North Atlantic Books in California.

heidi@heidilight.com
www.heidilight.com

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Loops & Lattes - Nicola Ross

519-943-5667
nross@woodrising.com
www.nicolaross.ca

Valerie Losell
Valerie Losell

Award-winning visual artist and poet, Valerie Losell, works mainly in pastel and watercolour. Nine years and counting beyond a career-ending injury, Valerie lives as largely as she can through art and writing. Her landscapes and portraits ,mostly of places and people of Simcoe County, offer thoughtful-provoking and slightly off-beat takes on the world close to home and beyond.
Through the gateway of beauty, Valerie believes we can keep our imaginations true by facing the real world truly.

131 Owen St, Barrie, ON L4M 3H6
valerie.losell@gmail.com

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Pamela Meacher
Pamela Meacher

Pamela is an irrepressible dedicated conservationist. Paints with watercolours. Pixielated as a child, she adds goblins and faieries to her botanical renderings. Why does she paint like a woman possessed? Her call is deep, her call is strong and it will not let her sleep too long. Gallery open by appointment.

34 Edwards Dr., Barrie, ON L4N 9K7
705-730-0312
pmeacher@sympatico.ca
Pamela Meacher

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Carolyn J. Morris - Railfence Books
Carolyn J. Morris - Railfence Books

Carolyn J. Morris writes books enjoyed by all ages. Her four books show respect for rural living, farm life and family values. Her new series: 'Railfence Bunch,' combines rhyme, rhythm and repetition.

Beeton, ON L0G 1A0
905-729-4899
cjmorris@sympatico.ca
www.railfencebooks.com

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Rhonda Nordlander

Alliston, ON
519-938-6616
rhondanordlander@gmail.com

Mary Penner

Writer: Poetry, Short Stories; Fiction, Non Fiction

Alliston, ON L9R 1V2
705-434-3321
dmpenner3@gmail.com

Judy Penz Sheluk

Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: (The Glass Dolphin Mysteries and the Marketville Mysteries.) Her short stories appear in several collections. In addition to South Simcoe Arts Council, Judy is a member of 'Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society and Crime Writers of Canada where she serves on the Board of Directors representing Toronto and South Western Ontario.
Find her at www.judypenzsheluk.com and on Facebook: JudyPenzShelukhttps://business.facebook.com/JudyPenzSheluk.

Alliston, ON L9R 1Y2
705-250-9191
jsheluk@rogers.com
www.judypenzsheluk.com

Peter T. Pontsa

1170 Concession Rd 4, Loretto, ON

Isolde Ryan
Isolde Ryan

Isolde is both a visual artist and author. She best known for her landscapes in oil and likes to combine them with abstracts. Some work is for sale. Isolde became a member of the South Simcoe Arts Council and went on to win the People's Choice Award in 2010 for painting and was the 1st place winner in the 2015 and 2017 Battle of the Brushes. Isolde is a member of the Wordsmiths writing group and is working on her first novel. She is also a contributing author in the 2017 edition of the Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada.

Tottenham, ON L0G 1W0
905-936-0892
isolderyan62@gmail.com

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Maria Thompson Wieclawek

157 Wellington St E , unit 112, Alliston, ON L9R 0R7
613-552-7488
mariathompsonpoetry@gmail.com

Vaughn Thurman

Branch Manager New Tecumseth Public Library (Alliston)
Writer, Genealogist, Herbalist, Photographer

Everett, ON L0M 1J0
705-435-7584
vonthurman@hotmail.com
vthurman@ntpl.ca

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Angela van Breemen
Angela van Breemen

Angela is the owner of Close to the Sky Consulting, a soprano soloist, avid writer and volunteer for Procyon Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre.

519-941-0658
a.van.breemen@hotmail.ca
Profile on Bandmix
Close to the Sky Consulting

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Jessica Van de Kemp

Jessica Van de Kemp is the author of the poetry chapbooks "Daughters in the Dead Land" (Kelsay Books, 2017) and "Spirit Light" (The Steel Chisel, 2015). Her poem, "Slant of the Girl," was shortlisted for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Jessica teaches rhetoric and writing courses at the University of Waterloo, where she is currently pursuing a Ph.D in English.

Bradford, ON L3Z 2V2
jlvdk73@gmail.com
Canadian Poet

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Wisteria Publications - Kaarina Brooks

Kaarina is a writer, translator and watercolour artist. She has exhibited her art around Ontario and her books, articles and short stories have been published in Canada and USA.

507 - 4 Briar Hill Heights, Alliston, ON L9R 1Z7
brooks.kaarina@gmail.com
Wisteria Publications

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