Abiola Regan

Abiola Regan (she/her) is a poet, writer, and podcaster. She has an academic background in psychology and a passion for pop culture, both of which work their way into how she writes about relationships in her poems and stories. In 2022, Abiola proudly self-published her first interactive digital poetry chapbook, … Read more

Angeline Schellenberg

Angeline Schellenberg is a poet living in Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg). Her first full-length collection, Tell Them It Was Mozart (Brick Books, 2016) received three Manitoba Book Awards and was a finalist for a ReLit Award for Poetry. In addition to publishing three new chapbooks, in 2019 she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Arc Poetry Magazine‘s Poem of the Year. Angeline has served as Deep Bay artist-in-residence (Riding Mountain National Park), a Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program mentor, a Poetry In Voice performance judge, and host of the Speaking Crow reading series. Her second book is Fields of Light and Stone (University of Alberta Press, 2020).

Angeline Schellenberg’s poems also appear in 2012 issues of Rhubarb, Geez, and CV2, and Prairie Fire. Méira Cook’s apprentice in the 2012 Manitoba Writers’ Guild mentorship program, Angeline was awarded a MAC grant to write a poetry collection about autism entitled You’re Not Nisselling. Angeline holds a masters in biblical studies and works as a journalist/copy editor for a national Christian magazine, where her stories have earned her three Canadian Church Press awards. She enjoys performing poetry at Speaking Crow and other public events. Angeline lives in Winnipeg with her husband, son, daughter, a dog, and a rabbit. She blogs at  angelineschellenberg.wordpress.com.

Anita Daher

Anita Daher draws writing inspiration from the many places she’s been fortunate to spend time, including Summerside, PEI; Yellowknife, NT; Churchill, MB; Baker Lake, NU and Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Since 1995 she has been entrenched in the book publishing industry writing books, articles and reviews, and leading workshops and … Read more

Armin Wiebe

Armin Wiebe’s northern historical novel Tatsea won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. He is also the author of three comic novels: The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, Murder in Gutenthal, and The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst, as well as the short story collection Armin’s Shorts and the novel Grandmother, Laughing. His stage play, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz, premiered to enthusiastic reviews and sold out audiences at Theatre Projects Manitoba in April, 2011. His work is renowned for the musicality of its dialect and dialogue. After spending six years in Whati, Northwest Territories in 1980s, he now makes his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Contact info:

Website: www.arminwiebe.ca
Email: arminw@mts.net

Books Published:

The Salvation of Yasch Siemens:Turnstone Selects (Turnstone Press, 2019)
Grandmother, Laughing (Turnstone Press, 2017)
Armin’s Shorts:Little Fictions (Turnstone Press, 2015)
The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (Scirocco Drama, 2011)
Tatsea (Turnstone Press, 2003)
The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst (Turnstone Press, 1995)
Murder in Gutenthal (Turnstone Press, 1991)
The Salvation of Yasch Siemens (Turnstone Press, 1984).

Awards & Nominations
2004 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for Tatsea
2004 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for Tatsea
2018 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction Nomination for Grandmother, Laughing
1996 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award Nomination for The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst.
1992 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award Nomination for Murder in Gutenthal


Barbara Lange

Barbara Lange has been a member of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild for almost 20 years. Without their help she doubts she would be a published writer. Barbara had no idea as she grew up in a railway family in England that she would one day immigrate to Canada. As a … Read more

Bob Chrismas

Bob Chrismas, PhD, has written prolifically on justice issues, and recently trying his hand at fiction writing. Bob is a Staff Sergeant in his 31st year with the Winnipeg Police Service. He completed his Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the U. of Winnipeg and U. of Manitoba in 2009 (distinction) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Peace and Conflict Studies at the U. of Manitoba in 2017. Bob was awarded the University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award for my doctoral research on modern-day slavery in Canada’s criminal sex industry.

Bob is married with four kids. His publications include numerous peer-reviewed book chapters, journal and magazine articles and books on justice related topics. His first book Canadian Policing in the 21st Century: A Frontline Officer on Challenges and Changes (McGill-Queens University Press, 2013), is a widely used text on modern policing. Bob’s newest book, Sex Industry Slavery: Protecting Canada’s Youth (University of Toronto Press, 2020), provides a gut-wrenching account of sex trafficking in Canada and many tangible strategies and solutions. Bob co-edited Our Shared Future: Windows into Canada’s Reconciliation Journey (Lexington, Rowman and Littlefield, 2020).

Bob’s newest book, The River of Tears (DIO Press Inc., 2021) is a literary fiction novel about a missing person case, giving deep insights into sex trafficking and Indigenous-police relations in Canada. He is also writing a memoir of his three decades in Canadian policing. Learn more about Bob and his publications and speaking events at his webpage at bchrismas.com.

The River of Tears. New York: DIO Press Inc. (Bob Chrismas, 2021).
Sex Industry Slavery: Protecting Canada’s Youth. Toronto, ON, Canada: University of Toronto Press. (Bob Chrismas, 2020).
Our Shared Future: Windows into Canada’s Reconciliation Journey. New York: Lexington. (Laura Reimer & Bob Chrismas, 2020).
Canadian Policing in the 21st Century: A Frontline Officer on Challenges and Changes. Montreal, Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (Bob Chrismas, 2013).

Modern day slavery and the sex industry: raising the voices of survivors and collaborators while confronting sex trafficking and exploitation in Manitoba, Canada (Dissertation, 2017)

I gratefully acknowledge that I live on Treaty 1 territory which is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Brenda Sciberras

Brenda Sciberras is a Winnipeg writer whose poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines as well the anthologies; A Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing and I found it at the movies: An Anthology of Film Poems. Her first poetry collection Magpie Days was launched with Turnstone Press in fall … Read more

Catherine Macdonald

I’ve had a strange but interesting career as an archivist and freelance historian, writing a wide variety of stuff from scrupulously documented reports for government lawyers to educational video scripts featuring sketch comedy.   During one of those lulls so familiar to those who freelance, I had an idea for … Read more

Danie Botha

Danie Botha

Danie Botha was born in Zambia and completer his school education and medical training in South Africa. He has called Canada home for the past 22 years and is still learning to speak proper Canadian. (It’s similar to English.) He has published three novels, a novella and a poetry collection. If he’s not working at the hospital or busy writing, ha can be found cycling, land paddling, and cross-country skiing in winter (if it’s not too bitterly cold).

Summary of Publications

  • Be Silent – novel, 2016
  • Be Good – novella, 2016
  • Maxime – novel, 2017
  • An Unfamiliar Kindness – novel, 2018
  • Two Bowls of Joy – poetry collection, 2019
  • Chicken Soup for the SoulAge is just a number, 2020

David Perlmutter

I am a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I write science fiction, fantasy and horror, as well as non-fiction history with a focus on popular culture. I am on Facebook (David Perlmutter-Writer), Twitter (@DKPLJW1) and LinkedIn.

David Yerex Williamson

David Yerex Williamson at Bay

David Yerex Williamson is a poet living in northern Manitoba on the bank the Nelson River. Some of his work has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, and Contemporary Verse 2 but a lot of his work does not appear anywhere. Through Disassembled … Read more

Donna Besel

Donna Besel grew up in Whiteshell Provincial Park, and now lives on the Winnipeg River near Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba. Her writing has appeared in various publications and accumulated honours such as second place in Prairie Fire’s writing contest, shortlist in CBC’s Literary Awards, finalist in CBC’s “Canada Writes” and … Read more