Performing live from Moon’s Records in Cumberland, BC, for the famous Woodstove Festival, a man is brought to the brink of insanity when he can’t get noticed by a barista, a new mother struggles with an absent sex drive and a wayward husband, and a mom at home sees her day through the lists she makes to fill it up.
Marlet Ashley, author, A Day's Work
Marlet Ashley, B.A., B.Ed., M.A., began her career as a T.A. in psychology at the University of Windsor and an instructor of psychology at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, Windsor, Ontario. After earning an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing at the U. of Windsor, she taught creative writing there as a sessional instructor. Moving to Vancouver, B.C. she was a tenured instructor of literature and composition at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, B.C. Her first novel is The Right Kind of Crazy (2018). Along with the children’s books series Revelry on the Estuary—The Interlopers, Trumpeters’ Tribulations, Penelope Piper’s Great Adventure, Henri Sings the Blues, and A Pirate’s Life for Gabby—as well as a children’s Christmas book—Must Be Christmas—and Robin and Ruthie Ride the Bus, her short stories and poetry have been included in a variety of literary publications. She is the author of the Canadian edition of Literature and the Writing Process, Pearson Prentice Hall, Toronto. She is a member of the Federation of BC Writers. Marlet has been a guest lecturer at Elder College at North Island College. She has also conducted workshops for the Comox Valley Writers Society’s conference at North Island College (2018, 2019,2020). One of three finalists for the 2012 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award, she was also the recipient of an honourable mention in the Lorian Hemmingway 2018 Short Story Competition and the 2020 Writers’ Digest Literary Short Fiction Contest. Marlet lives in Comox, BC.
Performed by Kim June Johnson
Kim June Johnson is a singer-songwriter, storyteller, poet and yoga instructor currently living and working in the Comox Valley. When there’s no global pandemic, Kim tours with her cellist Jordie Robinson, performing house concerts and at folk clubs; their shows often incorporate live poetry. Four years ago she fell in love with theatre, and in the summer of 2019, she toured with a small theatre troupe as “Pam’ in sixteen performances of “Myth of the Ostrich” by Matt Murray. Her songs have won multiple awards and she mentors songwriters one-on-one and through her online workshop, The Songwriter's Path. A recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio, her poems have appeared in Prairie Fire, Room, CV2, and Arc Poetry Magazine and she is currently at work on a memoir and a young adult novel. She lives in a draughty house near a creek with her daughter and Bernese Mountain dog and desperately misses live music.
Traci Skuce, author, Needs
Traci Skuce lives in Cumberland, BC. Her fiction and personal essays have appeared in several literary journals across North America and have been nominated for several Pushcart awards. Her short story collection, Hunger Moon, was released by NeWest Press in April 2020. She founded the Writing Journey, an online creative writing school that focuses on narrative embodiment, deep reading, and the intricacies of craft.
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Performed by Melisa Devost
Melisa Devost is a musician, teacher, theatre artist and writer; or, she was actively all those things as of March 2020.
She has spent the pandemic simultaneously raising the bar by re-training in the field of emergency medicine, and lowering it where getting through the day ingesting something more than coffee and popcorn is a win.
She is poised to release her 4th studio album, an EP, in the spring and is meanwhile focussing on the basics: bike, food, work, learn, and maybe make some stuff, roughly in that order.
Cole Kelly, author and performer, The James Bay Cafe
Cole Kelly is a writer, performer, former radio journalist and a producer and host of Stories Less Spoken. While working on her first novel, Cole resides on a sailboat in Sidney, BC and attempts to captain said vessel. She hopes to one day sail the seven seas collecting stories from all over the world.