Susan Flanagan, President
Susan Flanagan has worked as a freelance journalist (BJ, King’s College, NS, 1991) in St. John’s and Halifax for 30 years. Her non-fiction works have appeared in Canadian Geographic, Canadian Running, National Geographic (maps), Newfoundland Quarterly, The Hockey News, Doctors’ Review, Atlantic Progress, Atlantic Business, Saltscapes and Nelson Literacy’s high school textbook, Homegrown. Susan has two novels hitting the shelves in 2021: In May, Supermarket Baby, winner 2019 Percy Janes First Novel Award (Flanker Press) completed thanks to an ArtsNL project grant, and her first YA novel, The Degrees of Barley Lick (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides).
Susan has also worked as a columnist for The Newfoundland Herald (48 Degrees, 2002-04) and The Telegram (The Kids are Alright, 2011-15), and has worked for CBC Radio and both NTV and CBC TV in Halifax and St. John’s as reporter, producer and researcher.
She is married with five children. www.susanflanaganauthor.com
Ainsley Hawthorn, Vice-President
Ainsley Hawthorn, Ph.D., is an author and cultural historian based in St. John’s. Her first non-fiction book, The Other Five Senses, is supported by a grant from ArtsNL and represented by The Margret McBride Literary Agency. She is also editing an anthology called Land of Many Shores: Stories from a Diverse Newfoundland and Labrador for Breakwater Books and is a regular contributor to CBC and the Newfoundland Quarterly online.
Erica Green, Treasurer
Erica M. Green, CPA, CMA is a military child hailing (mostly) from Nova Scotia, who moved to Newfoundland in 2006. She has worked as a public practice Accountant but currently works in industry as Accounting Supervisor with the Western Group of Companies – an Automotive, Recreation and Construction group of 10+ companies in both Corner Brook and Grand Falls-Windsor. In her spare time, Erica can be found performing with community and professional theatre groups including Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, Hard Ticket Productions and the Off Broadway Players (OBP), for whom she has also been the Treasurer for four years. Erica is also involved in her wife’s dinner theatre company, New Found Family Drama, as performer, server, dish washer and Accountant. She lives in Corner Brook with her wife of six years and their dog, Roger.
Matthew LeDrew, Secretary
Matthew LeDrew holds a Bachelors’ Degree with Honours in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology, and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. In 2018 he was honoured to be a jury member of the NLBA awards, and in 2019 was named WANL’s Volunteer of the Year. He is a best-selling author who has written twenty-two novels for Engen Books: the ten book Coral Beach Casefiles series, The Long Road, the five book Xander Drew series, Jacobi Street, Touch Your Nose, and, the four book Infinity series. He lives in Chapel Arm, Newfoundland.
Colleen Soulliere, St. John’s/Avalon Representative
Colleen Soulliere is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her fictional work won a Newfoundland Arts and Letters Award (2018) and the Homer F. Plante Creative Writing Award (1993), and has appeared in The Claremont Review and Pluralist. She is a lapsed food blogger (co-creator of The Moose Curry Experience ) and erstwhile ghostwriter. Colleen is a wildlife-biologist-turned-public-policy-professional experienced in governance, public engagement, strategic planning, accountability, and employee relations. She has a strong interest in facilitating the continued and improved professionalism of the literary arts community in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Colleen lives in Harbour Grace, where she is working on a collection of short stories.
Bonnie Morgan, St. John’s/Avalon Representative
Bonnie Morgan is a librarian, historian and feminist theologian living in Holyrood, NL. She holds Bachelor of Laws and Master of Information and Library Science degrees from Dalhousie University and a Doctorate in History from the University of New Brunswick.
First published in the Newfoundland Herald at age 12, Morgan’s most recent work, Ordinary Saints: Women, Work and Faith in Newfoundland (McGill-Queen’s, 2019) won the Canadian Historical Association’s 2020 Atlantic Clio Prize and was shortlisted for the 2020 Heritage and History Book Award by the Historic Sites Association of NL. Her writing can be found in Canadian Women Shaping Diasporic Religiosities (Wilfred Laurier, 2016) and Making this Place: Class, Gender and Family in Twentieth-Century St. John’s, Newfoundland (McGill-Queen’s, 2014). While living in Halifax, she co-authored A Sentinel on the Street: St. Matthew’s United Church, Halifax, 1749-1999 (Nimbus, 1999).
Morgan currently works as NL Collections Librarian with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries.
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. Other 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 manages social media for Rogers TV in GFW, runs the newly formed Central NL Writing Group and 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.
Alisha Morrissey, Member at Large (2 Years)
Alisha Morrissey is an award-winning professional writer, making money from words for more than 15 years. She started out in journalism and has worked in public policy, public relations, corporate communications, and marketing, making her writing as diverse as the people she works with. She is currently the Copy Director at Rogue Penguin Creative, a youth art teacher with Sassy Tuna, and a professional artist working in St. John’s.
Herb Hopkins, Member at Large (i)
Herbert F. Hopkins is a Newfoundland writer, woodcarver and singer/songwriter. His first published work was a book of poetry, A High of Zero. The original book, with hand-carved walnut covers, illuminated by B.W. Chubbs and bound by Tara Bryan, was purchased by the National Library of Canada and now resides in the National Book Preservation Centre. He has written three novels, all set in St. John’s and revolving around a central character by the name of Luke Delaney who has a big heart and an even bigger social conscience.
Herb has had vast experience with boards. For five years, he was an active member of BOD for the Wreckhouse Jazz Festival and in 2019, he and Jeff Kelland founded the Indie Publishers of Newfoundland and Labrador, an organization formed to assist writers through the self-publishing process. During his term, Herb created the IPNL website and forum and is presently mentoring a fellow author. First and foremost, Herb is running for the board of WANL to strengthen both WANL and IPNL by implementing a merger with the two groups. By being on both boards he hopes to forge an alliance that will be fair to all.
Happy to call St. John’s his home, Herb lives downtown with his wife Jane and their one-eyed pooch, Pirate.
Connie Boland, Member at Large (ii)
Connie Boland is an award-winning journalist, creative writer, and strategic communications professional. The Corner Brook resident has written for Atlantic Business Magazine, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, Club Manager Quarterly, Downhome, Today’s Parent, and Saltscapes magazines; The Telegram and former Western Star newspapers.
Connie was twice a finalist for Atlantic Journalism Awards, magazine and newspaper categories, and received Canadian News Awards for Outstanding Editorial Achievement.
She is working on her first novel and has a wish list of Magazines to Query pinned, at eye level, on the wall next to her laptop. She is a lifelong learner, graduating with a B.Ed. in April 2019, twelve years after enrolling in Memorial University. The journalism graduate is working toward a Diploma in Creative Writing.
When not writing for fun or profit, Connie can be found hiking or snowshoeing (depending on the season), learning to run, capturing half-decent images on her iPhone, huddled in her reading cave, or hanging out with family, including a 20-year-old cat, and 12-year-old SPCA rescue dog.
Emily Hepditch, Youth Advocate
Emily Hepditch is an award-winning emerging author from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. A prolific writer since childhood, Emily’s first publication came in 2015 when her short story Lifelike was published by Nelson Education. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Memorial University in 2020, where she studied linguistics, psychology, and criminology. Her debut novel, The Woman in the Attic, was published in the spring of 2020 by Flanker Press Ltd., going on to become the #1 local-interest bestseller for 16 consecutive weeks. Primarily, Emily writes psychological thrillers and short stories. She is always eager to experiment with genre, form, and subject matter. When she’s not reading or writing, Emily is either working on an illustration, running through the park, or hiking the East Coast Trail.
Kelley Power, Past 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.