Barry Brodie, playwright, director, and actor, Dr. Barry T. Brodie first became enamoured with Tom Thomson in the late 1960s as an American living in Toronto. The inspiration he has received from Thomson found its culmination in his new play “Threshold of Magic – The Death and Life of Tom Thomson” which was work shopped and showcased at Shō Art, Spirit & Performance in 2015. He is a co-founder of Shō, a local arts accelerator and he teaches a course on the creative process at the University of Windsor. His first book, Tom Thomson – On the Threshold of Magic includes the play as well as a journal of his own creative process. Barry lives in Windsor, Ontario, with his husband Martin.
Ron Tiessen has made Pelee his home for the past 39 years, where he met Lynn and where they raised their three sons. A magical place that allowed him to found the Pelee Island Heritage Centre and explore its history through precious encounters and writing six books on the experience. Ron is currently ‘retired’, doing more writing, and operating Peleelakemuse B & B & Cottage rental.
Teajai Travis is an Afro-Indigenous Artist/Activist born and bred near the fluid frontier, upon the shores of colonized Sandwich Town, the traditional lands of First Nations people. He has a curiosity for human behavior and the ways in which people of colour navigate institutional systems of oppression, while having to exist in a vacuum of euro-colonialism and white supremacy. His recent work is a collection of portraits, written in poetic free verse, complimented by the ancient wisdom of a wood and skin drum. Teajai is sharing the stories of silent tongues, while also observing and critiquing contemporary institutional injustice.
D.A. Lockhart, born in Chatham, ON and raised in Windsor, ON, D.A. Lockhart is the author of This City at the Crossroads (Black Moss Press 2017) and Big Medicine Comes to Erie (Black Moss Press 2016) He is a graduate of the Indiana University – Bloomington MFA in Creative Writing program where he held a Neal-Marshall Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Malahat Review, Grain, The Journal, Windsor Review, Pamplemouse, Contemporary Verse 2, Mackinac, Hart House Review, Straylight Literary Magazine, and Vinyl Poetry and Prose among others. He is recipient of Canada Council for the Arts grants for Aboriginal People and Ontario Arts Council grants for both his poetry and his fiction. He holds degrees from Trent University, Montana State University, and Indiana University. He is a turtle clan member of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation currently residing in Waawiiyaatanong.
Michael Mallen is a Master’s student studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. Since 2017, he has been an assistant editor for The Windsor Review. His work has previously been featured in the South Detroit Chapbook Series, published by Biblioasis (2017). He currently resides in Windsor, ON. with his family.
Carlinda D’Alimonte is author of two books of poetry published by Black Moss Press – Now That We Know Who We Are (2004), and Other Living Things (2009). Because We Have Lived Here (2017) edited by John B. Lee, features a selection of eight of her poems. Her latest collection of poems is due to be published this year. Her poetry has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, The Missouri Review, The Windsor Review, and many anthologies. Carlinda D’Alimonte has taught high school English and Creative Writing for twenty-five years. Prior to her teachinghigh-school, she worked as a sessional instructor and multi-media producer at the University of Windsor and a researcher and writer for CBC television. She lives in Tecumseh, Ontario.