Marianne is the author of four novels: Finding Ruby Draker and Shadows in the Aftermath, Reinhardt (forthcoming), and Underneath the Fireflies. She lives in Ontario, Canada.
Carrianne Leung holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE University of Toronto. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo (Inanna Publications) was shortlisted for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards. Her collection of linked stories, That Time I Loved You was released in 2018 by Harper Collins Canada.
Chukwudi Eze is an architect who graduated with triple-honours and a Phi-Beta-Kappa from Vasar College, received the William Kinne Award during his Master’s Degree from Columbia University, New York and studied creative writing at the University of Toronto. His novel, The Return of Half-Something, was shortlisted for the ANA Prose Prize.
Zoe Asher is the author of Choices, a four-book series. She divides her time between New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and the cobblestoned little nooks of Greece and Southern France.
Tony Clark has been a professional magician for over 30 years. He has worked as a magic consultant for numerous hit television shows such as USA TV’s “Monk”, FOX TV’s “House MD”, ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters”, Disney Channel’s “Suite Life On Deck”, and most recently NBC's "The Good Place". You can see more about Tony at his production company, Tony Clark Productions.
Lianne is a community organizer and volunteer; an avid world traveller; and she loves to play as much tennis and golf as is physically possible. Lianne and her husband Paul divide their time between their home in Toronto and their country retreat in the Caledon Hills, along with their two dogs, Scout and Coco. Lianne and Paul look forward to family dinners and travelling adventures with their three young adult children.
With over 20 years in business accounting, Melissa Houston, CPA, CGA, is a money coach, founder of the She Means Profit blog and podcast, and is a regular contributor at Forbes and Entrepreneur. Her book, Cash Confident, will be released in Spring 2023 by Post Hill Press.
Cori is an internationally acclaimed composer and producer and the creator of “Global Shifts” and the Super Me! Empowerment Programs.
Ordinary Mary is a lively narrative non-fiction book on the life and times of Mary Loretto Flynn (1904-1977). After her difficult childhood in Ottawa, Mary’s family moved to Pembroke, Ontario where, despite her best attempt to be ordinary, she had an extraordinary effect on thousands. Kit lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Ryan Manucha is a Frederick Sheldon Fellow, Harvard University, and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. Ryan is a widely published author on interprovincial trade. He lives in Toronto.
Michelle has contributed to anthologies Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World, Handmade Horror, and Mothers of Enchantment, among others. She has a novel forthcoming and lives in Ontario.
Miriam Ticoll and Naomi Frankel
Nonfiction writers Miriam Ticoll and Naomi Frankel are writing partners; this is their first collaborative chapbook.
Maria’s Song, her first book which she self-published, is based on lived experience. A survivor of past trauma, an artist, poet and storyteller, Maria’s own dark night of the soul, took her on an inner spiritual journey back to her own divinity.
Richard A Valicek
Richard is an award-winning author of the Dead Path Chronicles 3-Book Series and the Alamptria series. He lives and writes in Canada.
Short Fiction, Op-Eds, and Nonfiction Articles & Essays
- Liam Wade, “Never Meet Your Heroes,” Far Out Magazine
- Rebecca Kling, "I was pregnant when I confronted sexual violence for the first time," Motherwell Magazine
- Yarden Levy, “When Legal Strategy Covers Domestic Violence,” Hamilton Spectator
- Corinne Clark, "Boy," Storgy Magazine
- Catherine Forbes, The Criminal Bank and A Judge Sent From Heaven (e-book)
- Judy Haveson, "Music Brings Us Together: Bonding with My Video Game Loving Son," Your Teen Magazine
- Judy Haveson, "A Letter to My Late Sister on Our Shared Birthday," Next Avenue Magazine
- Yvonne Liu, "Shame and Stigma Made Me Keep My Mental Health Diagnosis a Secret", Insider Magazine
Academic Books & Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Plurilingual Pedagogies: Critical and Creative Endeavors for Equitable Language in Education, by Dr. April 11 2020.
- "Intercultural education through a bilingual children’s rights project: reflections on its possibilities and challenges with young learners," Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau. Intercultural Education, Routeledge Press.
- "Danger/Opportunity in Language Teaching and Learning," Belonging, Identity, Language, Diversity Research Group (BILD), Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau
- Fortune, M.,Oncescu, J., Fisher, L, & Sweatman, M. (2022). COVID-19’s Impact on rural low income mothers, Leisure/Loisir
- Oncescu, J., & Fortune, M. (2022). Neoliberalism’s influence on recreation access provisions: Municipal recreation practitioners’ perspectives. Journal of Leisure Research.
- Oncescu, J., & Fortune, M. (2022). Keeping citizens living with low incomes an arm’s length away: The responsibilization of municipal recreation provisions. Leisure/Loisir.
- Oncescu, J. (2021) Low-income families and the community sport and leisure delivery systems. In. Dawn. E. Trussell & Ruth Jeanes (Ed) Families, Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. Routledge.
- Oncescu, J., Froese, J , Fortune, M., Green, L., & Jenkins, J., (2021). Faciliting recreation programs and
services for low-incopme citizens: Practitioners’ perspectives. Journal of Managing Sport and Leisure.
- Oncescu, J. Green, L.,& Jenkins, J. (2021). Excluding low-income families: Neoliberalism’s effect on
community leisure provisions. Leisure Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2021.1987359
- Oncescu, J. (2020). Addressing the funding gaps in recreation access provisions: The role of leisure education. Managing Sport & Leisure
- Oncescu, J. & Loewen,M. (2020) Community recreation provisions that support low-income families' access to recreation. Leisure/Loisir
- Oncescu, J. & Neufeld, C. (2020) Bridging low-income families to community leisure provisions: The role of leisure education. Leisure/Loisir, DOI: 10.1080/14927713.2020.1780931
- Oncescu, J., & Neufeld, C. (2019): Low-income families and the positive outcomes associated with participation in a community-based leisure education program, Annals of Leisure Research, DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2019.1624586
- Truthaches, Friesen Press (Forthcoming), Tamika Schilbe