Kelley Power, President
Kelley Power is a lifelong logophile who divides her time between communications consulting and writing. Her work has won the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters competition and the 48-Hour Novel Writing Marathon (Engen Books). She is currently working on completing the manuscript of her first novel, for which she recently received a project grant from ArtsNL.
Ray Critch, Vice-President
The son, grandson, nephew, and brother of teachers, Ray has taught with MUN’s Philosophy Department and its Law and Society program before getting called to the bar and commencing work as a lawyer in 2016. A native of St. John’s, he lived in Edinburgh (PhD – 2010) and Vienna during his graduate studies, and returned to Newfoundland in 2011. Now working as an Associate with Goodland Buckingham where he practices civil litigation, Ray also spends his time playing Lego and Pokemon with his 6-year old son, doing his best to instill nerdy values in the next generation
Amanda Labonte, Treasurer
Amanda Labonté divides her time between writing and co-running a thriving business. Her young adult novel, Call of the Sea, was published in November 2015 with a sequel planned for April 2018 by Engen Books. Amanda lives in St. John’s with her husband and their two continuously growing children.
Ellen Curtis, Secretary
Ellen Curtis was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 2008 she published her first collection of short stories with Engen Books. Since then, she has gone on to co-author the Infinity series with Matthew LeDrew, and has joined the company as partner, spearheading the From the Rock anthology series. In 2015, Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University. Ellen is currently working on her fourth novel.
Andrew Peacock, St. John’s/Avalon Representative
Andrew Peacock worked as a veterinarian in Newfoundland from 1982 to 2010. His memoir, Creatures of the Rock, was released by Doubleday Canada in 2014, long listed for the Leacock medal and won the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for non-fiction. As well as writing with the Saltwater Writers’ Circle, Andrew is involved with photography, running, bicycling and the outdoors.
Carolyn R. Parsons, Central/Burin Representative
Carolyn R. Parsons is a full-time writer residing in Lewisporte, NL. She has a background in freelance journalism, having penned a regular column, a bi-weekly arts feature and general news for The Pilot. Her work has also been included in The Telegram and Downhome. Books include a poetry collection, two novels and a collection of short stories. Her 2017 novel, Charley through Canada attained bestseller status on Amazon. She is a founding director of Literary Events NL, an organization that provides NL authors forums to share their work, debuting with the highly successful 2017 Canada 150 Literary Tour NL
Janice Godin, Western/Labrador Representative
Janice Godin lives and works on the west coast of Newfoundland as a primary / elementary school teacher. In her spare time she writes under her own name and under the pen name, JJ King. Her Newfoundland based women’s fiction / romance recently won the 2017 Contemporary Romance Award from Books & Benches and has received a lot of local attention. Her JJ King paranormal romance trilogy is a BESTSELLER.
Janice is the Event Coordinator for the newly formed LENL, Literary Events Newfoundland and Labrador. Their first event was the highly successful Canada 150 Literary Tour NL. Ten library stops across the province over an eight week period, culminating in a finale in St. Johns. Their special guests, Joel Thomas Hynes (Govenor General’s Award for fiction!!) and Bill Rowe said they’d love to come back again. LENL is currently planning next year’s tour.
Emily Lyver is a recent graduate of the Journalism program at the College of the North Atlantic. Her love for writing first manifested with free verse poetry, but she has since found her passion in short stories and opinion pieces – when she isn’t plagued with writer’s block, that is.
Once upon a time, Renee Boileau solved engineering problems with math. Now she’s putting on a new hat to build a voice for St. John’s: she founded The Fogbank Audio Coworking Group to connect a cohort of budding podcasters, sharing skills and bootstrapping gear. Her ‘red-letter day’ is seeing the light go on for someone else as they discover they can write, tell a story, and find an audience themselves! And maybe someday soon she’ll finally have time to write that elusive sci-fi novel.
Sarah Thompson is a journalist and former radio broadcaster from Central Newfoundland, now residing on the west coast. She published her first short story in the Engen Books compilation Light/Dark and is currently working on her first novel. When she isn’t writing, Sarah can be found performing with, or directing for her local community theatre company, the Off Broadway Players.
Writing under the pen name, Kate Robbins, Debbie Robbins is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author of Scottish historical romance. Debbie’s credits also include playwright, filmmaker and stage director. When not penning her latest historical adventure set in the Scottish Highlands, Debbie can be found herding her teenagers or feeding her Great British Baking Show addiction.
A St. John’s native, Lauralana recently rediscovered her love of writing while on maternity leave. Since that time, she has become involved in the local writing community, and is learning the tips and tricks of anyone who will talk to her. She is currently work-shopping the manuscript for her first novel.
Michelle Porter, Past President
Michelle Porter is a Métis writer who has called Newfoundland and Labrador home for almost ten years now. She is the incoming managing editor with The Independent. She is also teaching journalism and doing research part-time. She holds a BA in Journalism and Communications, an MA in Folklore, and a PhD in Geography. She was selected for the longlist for the 2016 and the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize. She was a winner for the 2017 Arts and Letters Award, Senior Poetry category. This year, she won funding from Arts NL to create a poetry manuscript about the mobile, overlapping, historical and contemporary meanings of Métis home.