Confidence and the Little Victories by Gwen Tuinman

“Too often, we rate our own capabilities lower than their real value in spite of proof to the contrary, our accumulated know-how, and other people’s praise.” Gwen Tuinman Gwen Tuinman, author of The Last Hoffman, is a writer fascinated by the landscape of human tenacity, and telling stories about people navigating the social restrictions of…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange

I’ve always approached the Myrtle books by imagining how a child would feel while reading our stories. I want to capture their voice, make them feel heard, and write stories in a way that resonate with them for years to come. Lauren Reyes-Grange Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange, authors of the Myrtle the Purple Turtle…

One Summer Day in Autumn by Cynthia Reyes

“Suddenly, a switch is thrown. The lovechild of Summer and Autumn appears, playing truant for a day.”–Cynthia Reyes The garden lies spent from its labours. My labour is not quite done. In the vegetable patch, a few late tomatoes are red to bursting. The last beets show dull-burgundy colours in the earth.  The apple trees…

Meet the Faces behind NFOTA: Katie Hoogendam

“Art to me is the ground of being–not a noun, but a verb; something primordial that defies and predates the bounds of language.”–Katie Hoogendam. Writer and artist Katie Hoogendam serves on NFOTA’s Program Committee. Who are you? Hi, I’m Katie Hoogendam (“Merkat”). I’m a local writer, poet, playwright and interdisciplinary artist. Why do you believe…

Meet the Faces behind NFOTA: Anne-Marie Burrus

Anne-Marie (mia) Burrus serves on NFOTA’s Finance Committee Who are you? I live in the country north of Cobourg in a restored one-room schoolhouse, making occasional forays into Toronto, where I continue to provide accounting services for various charities.  I am a new grandmother.   I write and create under my nickname, Mia, and published a…

There is nothing at the end of any road better by Ted Amsden (Part Two)

After about a month in, I realized it was time to get a bit arty and include some documentary lingo in my thinking. Because, you see, it was obvious I was already waist deep in images, and going where none have gone before. At present, I have over 200 images of mailboxes, 700 signs, many…

Northumberland Art Lovers: James Pickersgill

“Continuing to write, continuing the group, continuing to meet and continuing to socialize has been a boon to good mental health for me. Others have said the same.”–James Pickersgill Today poet James Pickersgill tells NFOTA about his inspirations for writing poems, the long-standing Cobourg Poetry Workshop, and the popular Third Thursday Reading Series. In this…