OUR FENCE BUILDERS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Megan Coles is a graduate of Memorial University, the National Theatre School of Canada and is currently enrolled in the UBC MFA Opt-Res program. She is Co-founder and Artistic Director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. Megan is presently working on her debut novel (House of Anansi 2017) and The Driftwood Trilogy of plays. Megan's first fiction collection, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome (Killick), won the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award and the Margaret & John Savage First Book Award and earned her the one time Writers Trust 5x5 prize. Originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula, Megan now resides in St. John's where she also the Artist-In-Residence at the Arts and Culture Centre.

ASSOCIATE EDITORS

Poetry

Randy Drover is an award-winning writer and a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the assistant publisher at ISER Books, and a long-serving poetry editor at Riddle Fence. His fiction and poetry have been featured in journals and anthologies and have won numerous awards, including the inaugural Cox & Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award. He lives in downtown St. John’s.

Andreae Callanan is a poet and essayist from St. John's. Her writing has been recognized with numerous awards, including multiple NL Arts & Letters awards, McGill University's Lionel Sharpiro Award for Creative Writing, Arts NL's Lawrence Jackson Writer's Award and, most recently, Memorial University's Gregory J. Power Poetry Award. Her writing has appeared in The New Quarterly, Newpoetry.ca, Riddle Fence, Maisonneuve, and the Walrus. Andreae was a founding writer at The Scope. She is currently working on a book based on her popular Food Nerd column, and is pursuing a Masters degree in English at Memorial University. 

Fiction

  • Bridget Canning’s work has won the Cox and Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award, the BC Federation of Writers Literary Writes competition, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters awards and been shortlisted for the Cuffer Prize. Her first novel, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is being published with Breakwater Books in April, 2017. She was selected as one of the 2015 apprentices with the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mentorship Program. She lives in St. John’s, NL.

  • Robert Chafe is a playwright based in St. John’s, whose work has been seen across Canada, the UK, Australia and in the United States. He is the author of seventeen stage scripts and co-author of another eight. He frequently collaborates with director Jillian Keiley, current Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre. He was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for Tempting Providence and Butler’s Marsh in 2004, and won the award for Afterimage in 2010. Tempting Providence, directed by Keiley and produced by Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (Corner Brook, Newfoundland), is entering its thirteenth year of Canadian and international touring. He has been writer in residence at Artistic Fraud, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Forest Forge Theatre, (Hampshire, UK), and Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a guest instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada. His play Oil and Water, premiered in a sold out run in February 2011 in St. John’s and continues to tour Canada. Robert is Artistic Director and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.

Michelle Porter is a writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Currently, she is Business Manager and Online Editor with the Newfoundland Quarterly. She is an award-winning journalist and poet and also writes fiction. Michelle recently finished her PhD in Geography at MUN, where she studied narratives of home in Newfoundland and Labrador. This Métis woman has called many places home, including: Calgary, St. Albert, Red Deer, Spruce Grove, Penhold and Saint John, New Brunswick.

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  • Michelle Bush holds a Masters in Fine Art from Concordia Univerity (Sculpture) in Montreal. She is an active member of our Visual Arts and Dance communities and is currently a Board of Director member for Neighbourhood Dance Works.  
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  • Mireille Eagan is Curator of Contemporary Art at The Rooms in St. John’s, NL. Prior to this, she was curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI, where she was a founding member of Prince Edward Island’s artist-run collective This Town Is Small. Eagan has curated more than 50 exhibitions and was co-curator of the Terra Nova Art Foundation’s Collateral Project at the 55th Venice Biennale, titled About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill and Peter Wilkins (with Bruce Johnson). She has lectured across the country at galleries, conferences, and universities such as University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Memorial University, published extensively in catalogues for private and public galleries, and written for national magazines and periodicals including Border Crossings, C Magazine, canadianart.ca, and Visual Arts News. She was the Atlantic Juror for the Sobey Art Award in 2013. Eagan holds a Masters in Art History (Concordia University, 2008).

DESIGNER

  • Graham Blair

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Brad Stone
  • David Andrews 
  • Emily Deming Martin 
  • Katie Butler Major
  • Chrissy Lee
  • Cassie Allen
  • Drew Brown 

FORMER DIRECTORS, EDITORS, ASSOCIATE EDITORS AND STAFF

  • Jamie FitzPatrick, Beth Follet, Sharon King-Campbell, Jennifer Oille-Sinclair, John Fisher, Rob Finley, John O'Dea, Adele Poynter, Dell Texmo, Mark Callanan, Shoshanna Wingate, Bruce Johnson, Carmelita McGrath, Don McKay, Craig Francis Power, Michelle Butler-Hallett, Sarah Smellie, Susan Rendell, Danielle Devereaux, Andy Woolridge, Chip Clark, Leslie Vryenhoek, Paul Butler, Alexandra Gilbert, Kate McGarry, Karla Hayward, Robert George Tucker, Dave Paddon, Carson Butts, Tamara Reynish, Michael Crummey, Lisa Moore, Hillary Winter.

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