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2018-2019 Board of Directors

Executive Officers

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 McInnes Cooper where he practices civil litigation, Ray also spends his time playing Zelda and Pokemon with his 8-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. One Brave Boy and His Cat, an illustrated children’s book was published by Flanker Press in 2019.


Carolyn R. Parsons, Central/Burin Representative

Carolyn R. Parsons is the author of the historical fiction drama The Forbidden Dreams of Betsy Elliott released in 2019 by Flanker Press. 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 and more recently wrote an arts column for The Central Voice called Art & Soul. Writing clients include a Global PR company.  Books include a poetry collection, three novels and a collection of short stories. Her 2017 novel, Charley through Canada attained bestseller status on Amazon. She co-hosts an arts and entertainment podcast, Bridges, in partnership with Citadel House Records. She is also a founding director of Literary Events NL.

Sarah Thompson, Western/Labrador Representative

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.


Emily Lyver, Youth Advocate

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.


Renee Boileau, Avalon/St. John’s

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.


Debbie Robbins, Member at Large

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.

Lauralana Dunne, Member at Large

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.