Board of Directors, 2016-2018

Rob BuddeDr. Rob Budde


Rob Budde has published eight books (five poetry–Catch as Catch, traffick, Finding Ft. George, declining America, and Dreamland Theatre, two novels–Misshapen and The Dying Poem, and a book of short fiction–Flicker). In 2002, Rob facilitated a collection of interviews (In Muddy Water: Conversations with 11 Poets). Rob teaches creative writing and Canadian Literature at UNBC in Prince George. In 1997, Budde completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. He is currently working on a science fiction/cyberpunk novel called The Overcode and a textual relationship with the plant Devil’s Club called Panax.




Jill Goldberg Jill_Goldberg


Jill Goldberg is getting close to finishing her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC, and she is also a professor of literature and creative writing at Langara College. She is currently at work on her first novel, and on having her first screenplay produced. Her writing and photography have been featured in Matrix, SubTerrain, Tikkun Magazine, The Globe and Mail, F(r)iction Magazine and on CBC radio. She has won the Tethered by Letters Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the New Guard poetry prize. In 2016, Jill was chosen as a fellow of the Scholars Group at the International Festival of Writers in Toronto. She is also on the editorial board of Tikkun Magazine. As secretary of the board of CCWWP, Jill strives to take truly awesome minutes.



Larissa Lai
Larissa Lai

Co-Vice Chair

Larissa Lai is the author of two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl; two books of poetry, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We; and a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement. A recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers’ Award, she has been shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Tiptree Award, the Sunburst Award, the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, the bpNichol Chapbook Award, and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.





Lillian Allen Lillian Allen Sustainability_0

Co-Vice Chair

Lillian Allen is a Creative Writing Professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design, and recently presented her work at Harvard University. Allen emerged from the grassroots in the seventies to become a leading influential figure on the Canadian cultural landscape. She is an award winning and internationally renowned poet. As one of its lead originator and innovators, she has specialized in the writing and performing of dub poetry, a new genre of English Literature which is a highly politicized form of poetry exploring black aesthetic and specific cultural codification. Dub poetry is a poetic form, which stylizes vernacular language, the emotive quality and inherent musicality of words and is sometimes set to music. It is considered a literary godmother of rap, hip-hop and spoken word poetry. Allen is responsible for opening up the form to insist and engrave feminist content and sensibilities. Professor Allen has published several books and recordings, and has worked in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, writing for children, experimental writing forms, and has written several plays. Her work also appears in a variety of media. She has spent almost four decades writing, publishing, and performing her work in Canada, The US, Europe, and England and elsewhere.

A selection of her published works in book and CD forms include; Psychic Unrest, 2000, Women Do This Every Day, 1993; Nothing But A Hero, 1992; Why Me, 1991; If You See Truth, 1987. Her recordings (CDs) include; ANXIETY 2012, Freedom & Dance, 1999; Conditions Critical, 1988; Revolutionary Tea Party, 1986;

“Revolutionary Tea Party” and “Conditions Critical” both won Canadian Juno awards in 1986 and 1988 respectively.

An inspired strategic thinker, essayist and cultural strategist, Lillian is a leading expert on cultural diversity and culture in Canada and has been a consultant and advisor to all levels of government, to several leading Canadian institutions, and to community groups. She has initiated, designed and facilitated the establishment of a number of organizations in various culturally diverse communities, and has worked within several established organizations to implement strategies to create access and change. Lillian also initiated such programs as the legendary Fresh Arts and the International Spoken Word Program at Banff Center for the Arts. Multi-talented and multi-dimensional, she instigated, co-produced and hosted CBC’s (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s) Wordbeat, a national weekly radio show on poetry and the spoken word.

Ms. Allen, is a recipient of many awards and citations which include The Margo Bindhardt Award for significantly impacting the arts in Toronto through leadership and vision in both creative work and activism, and the City of Toronto Cultural Champion Award, and the William P. Hubbard Race Relations award.


David Leach David_Leach


David Leach is a former magazine editor (Monday, explore) and the author of two books of narrative nonfiction: Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong (Viking Canada, 2008) and Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel (ECW, 2016). As an undergraduate, he studied with Jack Hodgins at the University of Victoria and is currently the Chair of UVic’s Department of Writing, where he teaches courses in creative nonfiction, journalism, interactive narrative, instructional design and the literature of journeys.
Twitter: @LeachWriter






Joseph KertesJoe Kertes

Past chair

Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto, where he was encouraged in his writing by Irving Layton and Marshall McLuhan. Kertes founded Humber College‘s creative writing and comedy programs. He is currently Humber’s Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children’s books, The Gift (Groundwood) and The Red Corduroy Shirt (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), met with critical acclaim. His latest novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Kertes has also been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and a CBC Literary Award.

Erin Silver Erin_Silver

Student Liason

Erin Silver is a writer, editor and blogger with more than 15 years experience writing for major magazines and newspapers in North America. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post,Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Canadian Living, The Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail, among others. She blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and UrbanMoms. This is Erin’s first term serving on the board of the CCWWP as a student representative. Visit her online at






Andrew Westoll Andrew_Westoll

Andrew Westoll is an award-winning author, journalist and teacher. His books include The Riverbones, a travelogue set in the remote jungles of Suriname, and the national-bestselling The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which is the biography of a family of chimpanzees who were rescued from a research laboratory and retired to an animal sanctuary near Montreal. The Chimps won the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and was a finalist for several other major book awards. Andrew holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, is a Gold National Magazine Award winner, and his writing has been anthologized in Cabin Fever: The Best New Canadian Non-Fiction. Andrew’s debut novel, The Jungle South of the Mountain, will be published by HarperCollins Canada in the fall of 2016. Andrew’s teaching interests include creative non-fiction, fiction and the intersections between literature and science.
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Lori A. May

Lori A. May is a mentor in the creative nonfiction MFA program at the University of King’s College-Halifax. Her books include The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life (Bloomsbury), which was named a “best book for writers” by Poets & Writers magazine. She is co-editor of Creative Composition: Inspiration and Techniques for Writing Instruction (MLM). Her critical essays have been published in journals including The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, and Rattle. As a freelance editor, she has worked with Creative Nonfiction, Kaylie Jones Books (an imprint of Akashic Books), Poets’ Quarterly, and other presses. As a travel writer, she is preoccupied with writing about place, people, food, and coffee. Lori grew up along the Lake Erie shoreline of Southwestern Ontario, spent nearly a decade in Detroit, and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her online at and on Twitter @loriamay.



Don Sedgwick Sedgwick Don

Don Sedgwick is the Executive Director, and one of the founders, of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Over the past 35 years he has also been a publisher and literary agent, as well as a ghost-writer and editor of books on outdoor sports. Don was the agent for Linden MacIntyre’s Giller Prize-winning The Bishop’s Man and the publisher of Margaret Atwood’s bestselling Alias Grace when he was at Seal Books. He has taught at Simon Fraser University, Centennial College, Ryerson University, and the Humber School for Writers. Don lives in Petite Riviere, NS, with his wife, literary agent Shaun Bradley.




Daniel Scott Tysdal
Author's photo by Katie Fewster-Yan

Author’s photo by Katie Fewster-Yan

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry, most recently Fauxccasional Poems (icehouse 2015), and the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press 2014). He is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough. You can learn more about his work at







Angie Abdou Angie AU

Angie Abdou is an Assistant professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University and a regular book reviewer for Quill and Quire. She writes mostly fiction and has published one short story collection and three novels. Her first novel The Bone Cage was a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque. The Bone Cage was also the inaugural One Book One Kootenay and the 2011 MacEwan Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Canterbury Trail, made the short list for the 2011 Banff Mountain Book of the Year. Most recently, Between found itself on “Best of 2014″ book lists by PRISM Magazine49th Shelf, and The Vancouver Sun. Angie lives in the Crowsnest Pass and helps run a visiting writers’ series just across the British Columbia border at the Fernie Heritage Library.



Sue Sinclair

Sue Sinclair is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Heaven’s Thieves (Brick Books 2016). Her previous collections have all been nominated for awards including the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Award (twice), the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize and the Atlantic Poetry Prize (twice). The Drunken Lovely Bird won the American Independent Publisher’s Poetry Prize and Mortal Arguments was a Globe and Mail “Top 100” book. In 2014 Sue was the inaugural critic-in-residence for CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts), and she currently teaches creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. Sue also works as a poetry editor for Brick Books.






Nikki Reimer
Nikki Reimer by f8 photography

Nikki Reimer by f8 photography

Nikki Reimer writes poetry, non-fiction and criticism, and makes digital art. Her books are DOWNVERSE and [sic], which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Reimer currently works as a Digital Specialist in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, is a founding director of the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society, and a host for The Dinner Party, an international community of 20 and 30-somethings who have experienced significant loss. She also serves on the editorial board of the Writer’s Union of Canada’s WRITE magazine, and the society board of Bug Incision Presents. She has a lengthy history of work and service in the arts and non-profit spheres. Find her on Twitter: @NikkiReimer







Michael Helm Helm colour (Alexandra Rockingham)

Michael Helm’s novels are After James, Cities of Refuge, In the Place of Last Things, and The Projectionist. He’s a past member of the board of PEN Canada, an editor at Brick magazine, and the Coordinator of the Creative Writing program at York University.





Natalie Simpson Natalie Simpson- Author Photos-B&W-25 - Copy (2)

Natalie Simpson is the author of accrete or crumble (LINEbooks 2006) and Thrum Talonbooks 2014). Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013 (Tightrope Books). “Surge”, a poetry suite from her latest book, Thrum, was shortlisted for the John Lent Poetry/Prose Award in 2013. She studied English literature at the University of Calgary, completing a Master’s thesis on Gertrude Stein’s sentences, and law at the University of British Columbia. She practices pro bono law in Calgary, Alberta and serves on the board of filling Station magazine.



Lorri Neilsen Glenn Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn was raised on the prairies and has lived in Nova Scotia for over thirty years. Lorri is a professor at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax where she teaches writing, ethnography, and arts-based inquiry. She has served as writer-in-residence and visiting scholar at several universities; works as a mentor in the University of King’s College MFA program in creative nonfiction; and coaches and organizes workshops in memoir, arts-based scholarship, and poetry nationally and internationally. Lorri was Halifax Poet Laureate between 2005 and 2009. She’s the author and editor of 13 collections of poetry and prose, including Lost Gospels (Brick Books, 2010), Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry (Hagios, 2011), and the best-selling Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s (Guernica, 2013). Lorri’s award-winning creative nonfiction and poetry are widely anthologized and appear regularly in Canadian literary journals. Her hybrid creative non-fiction work about Red River Métis women will be published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2017. Find her @neilsenglenn.


Moira Dann Moira Dann

Moira Dann graduated in May 2016 with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from King’s in Halifax; she has also studied at Banff (with W.O. Mitchell and Alistair MacLeod) and the Canadian Film Centre (where she wrote a film seen at TIFF and nominated for a Genie). Trained as a journalist and broadcaster, Moira was a long-time editor of the Facts & Arguments page at The Globe and Mail; she also edited a volume of F&A essays published by Penguin. She self-describes as “a history nerd” and has written a book about the “Mothers” of Confederation. A failed standup comic, Moira likes the sound of her own voice and so likes to teach and give public talks.

She shares a birthplace with Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author Saul Bellow (Lachine, Quebec) and a birthdate with the Dalai Lama (July 6). Moira lives in Victoria with her husband, Sam Bufalini.