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Authors' Bios

Scott Cravens

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Scott Cravens is an American writer and humorist whose work captures the nuance and subtlety of the American South. Born in Arkansas in the mid 90’s, his work is reflective of the commonly held sentiment that he and his fellow millennials share: "There is no American Dream. There is only this drab American Reality."

As an undergraduate student, Scott became enamored with the writings of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Cormac McCarthy, Albert Camus and various other greats while working on the completion of his degree in Social Science. Before he graduated from Harding University (central Arkansas) in 2018, he worked as an editorial reader for the University's journal publication Tenor of Our Times. From 2021-2023 Scott attended Johns Hopkins University where he further tempered his craft, while completing his Masters in Writing.

Writing short stories became a passion, by which he continually tries to write a short story once a month, for the sake of writing itself. Currently, he is invested in his job as a high school educator in Norman, Oklahoma where he teaches AP World Literature, AP Humanities, and American Literature.

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Dr. Marion Van Horn &
Dr. Maria Zamfir

Marion Van Horn PhD


Marion was born and raised in the picturesque Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. She did her undergraduate studies in human physiology, and subsequently obtained her PhD in neurophysiology from McGill University.

Marion is a mother of 3 and has spent over a decade studying the mysteries and wonders of the brain at The Montreal Neuro. She made this book so that others can share in the inspirational beauty and magnificence that is the human brain, and hopefully ignite a similar passion in the next generation of neuroscientists.

Maria Zamfir PhD


Maria is an artist, neuroscientist, and mom! She completed her PhD in Neuroscience at McGill University. During her PhD, Maria also created The Neuron Family, where these neuron and glia characters come to life to help explain complex neuroscience concepts. Maria has volunteered with both BrainReach and Brain Awareness Week to teach elementary and high school students about neuroscience. Maria loves sharing her neuroscience-inspired art with the world!

Nancy Steele

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Nancy grew up in Montreal and has lived in the Ottawa area for over 30 years. She is married and has two adult children and an affectionate Boxer. A retired teacher, she now spends her time consulting from her log home, lovingly built by her husband. Nancy has a passion for children and youth and has worked with them as a teacher, coach, and youth minister. She also loves to sing and create new and interesting recipes for her family.


Nancy has always been a voracious reader and loves to journal and write a little poetry here and there.

She authored her first book, “From Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones” in 2021 and is currently working on her second book.

Michael Adubato

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Michael Adubato, born and raised in New Jersey, USA, is a poet and writer who works for NATO, although not in a poetic capacity. Living in Belgium, where he settled after his military career, he travels extensively for both work and pleasure.

His poetry has previously been published in Ariel Chart (where he was nominated for Best of the Net in 2020 for To Soignies Station), The Piker Press, The Dope Fiend Daily and most recently The Indian Periodical. One of his passions is soccer and he writes about this constantly on the Yanks Abroad webpage (

Jana Begovic

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As far back as she can remember, Jana has been fascinated by storytelling. Her love of reading and writing propelled her toward studies of languages and literature resulting in B.A. degrees in English and German Languages and Literature, an M.A. Degree in Literary Criticism, as well as a B.Ed. Degree in English and Dramatic Arts.

Among her publications are an academic article published by Cambridge Scholars, UK, the novel Poisonous Whispers, Little Dragon, poetry, short fiction, articles, art reviews, and blog posts featured in literary journals, such as Ariel Chart, Chantwood, the Pangolin Review, Abstract, Canada Fashion Magazine and Authors Publish (Facebook page).

Her short story, Purveyors of Magic will appear in the springtime edition of Black Shamrock.

Currently, she is working on a collection of children’s stories and acting as a contributing editor/writer for Ariel Chart and Canada Fashion Magazine. She has been nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net and the PushCart Awards for a piece of non-fiction and a short story published in Ariel Chart.

She lives in Ottawa, Ontario and works for the Government of Canada as an education specialist in the field of military language training. She can be contacted via her Author Page at

Anna Blauveldt

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Anna Blauveldt was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and graduated with an Honours B.A. degree from the University of New Brunswick. She then moved to Ottawa to join the federal government and was honoured to be appointed Canada’s Ambassador to Iceland before leaving to pursue her next career as an author.


She subsequently completed the Post-Graduate Creative Writing Program of Humber College, Toronto and obtained an M.A. degree with Merit in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Gloucestershire, UK, in 2019.


Anna's published works include,

  • "Kat and the Meanies" – November 2022, Broken Keys Publishing & Press

  • "Snow Moon" - 2022 Anthology, Ottawa Rising, Ottawa Independent Authors

  • "Irma" - 2019 anthology 'A Two-Four of Tales', Ottawa Independent Writers.

  • "Released" - 2020 anthology 'Short Stories for a Long Year', Ottawa Independent Writers .

  • "BFF" - 2022 anthology 'Conversations', Unleash Press (Ohio USA).

  • "To Play At God" and "Ask Gloria" - Published in one volume, October 2021, Publerati, (Maine USA)

  • and soon to be released “The Leavetaking” (November 2022, Broken Keys Publishing & Press)

Sharleen McCorrister

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Sharleen A. McCorrister is an Ottawa native and author of two poetry books, Purple Passages and The Tao of Fey. Teaching children and travel are two of her great passions in life.
Sharleen McCorrister has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Samantha Underhill

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Samantha Underhill is a poet, voice artist, educator, researcher, mother, and lover of all things dark but beautiful. Born in Appalachia, Samantha's connection to haunting, soul-touching scenery, music, and folklore, gives her a unique connection to deep meaningful melancholy. Samantha is influenced by writers of dark storytelling poetry and literature, such as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jorge Luis Borges.

It can be said that Samantha lives in duality. Her bright bubbly uplifting personality often contrasts the unexpected storms within. Those who know her, love her unexpected storms within. Those who know her, love her for both.

Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Weird House Magazine and Weird Tales Magazine and she is the author of Sadness of the Siren.

Michel Weatherall

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Author, Poet, Publisher, Printer, Imagination-weaver.

A native of Ottawa, Michel Weatherall grew up as an army-brat living in Europe and Germany and has since travelled extensively.

Having over 30 years experience in the print/publishing industry, the transition to self-publishing was a natural step with his publication company, Broken Keys Publishing. He has published 6 novels and 2 collections of poetry.

Other work (the poems “Sun & Moon” and “Eleven's Silent Promise” and the sci-fi short story “Rupture”) have appeared in Ariel Chart's online journey as well as a theological essay (“The Voice of Sophia”) in American theologian Thomas Jay Oord's "The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence" (2015)

Weatherall's current books in print are,

The Symbiot 30th Anniversary, The Nadia Edition, Necropolis, The Refuse Chronicles, Ngaro's Sojourney, & A Dark Corner of My Soul (poetry).


Honours and Awards include


  • Winner of the 2020 - 2021 Faces of Ottawa Awards for Best Author

  • Named Top 15 Influential Authors of 2022 by Faces of Ottawa

  • 2020-21 Parliamentary Poet Laureate Nominee

  • Best of the Net Nomination for Purgation

  • Best of the Net Nomination for This Burden I Bear (appearing in Could This Be The Last Time?)

  • 2019 CPACT Awards Nominee for Entertainment Excellence (Arts)

  • Nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Award for Eleven's Silence Promise.

Allysina Shinestone

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As a finalist, making the short list of the Faces of Ottawa Awards in her nomination for 2023 Best Author, Broken Keys Publishing & Press is proud to welcome this rising star to our exemplary lineup of authors, writers, and poets!


Gifted with a creative and imaginative mind, she takes personal experiences and weaves them into her novels. The more that life brings her way, the more interesting her stories become.

Pat Moore

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Pat Moore is an Ottawa based maker of art - primarily a musician who writes and performs her own compositions - she also creates silver and copper jewellery in her home workshop.

As a musician and songwriter Pat found writing Clean Water for Lukong to be a natural addition to her creative endeavours.


Pat Moore’s voice has a warm and expressive quality, as perfectly suited to a rich ballad, as it is to an up-tempo power song. She moves easily from the storytelling of the singer/songwriter genre, to the lonesome sound of traditional country and bluegrass.

Well known for her powerful and expressive voice, Pat Moore has the gift of drawing you into each song, and taking you on the journey.


An all round entertainer, with an engaging stage presence, Pat is also well known for her productions such as the annual Christmas GOOSE benefit concerts, the Ottawa Opry, and and as one of 4 hosts on the Saturday Morning Show on CKCU 93.1 FM.

Jagjeet Sharma

Jagjeet Sharma is a freelance journalist, poet and author. She hosts a weekly radio show in Ottawa along with her team of dedicated volunteers on CKCU 93.1fm.
She has three collections of poems to her credit. Nature's Subtle Seductions, published
2018; Fragments, published 2019. Raindrops, her third collection was launched in June 2020. COVID 19 Chronicles - Reflections on the 2020 pandemic was published in November 2020. This anthology, a limited edition, was launched in December 2020.
Jagjeet Sharma has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Michael Sadava

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Mike Sadava has immersed himself in writing fiction over the past decade following a career in print journalism. His first book, The Project, a collection of interrelated short stories centered on characters raised in a postwar apartment complex in Ottawa, was a finalist in the 2018 Whistler Independent Book Awards, Canada's only juried award for independently-published books. After many years of quoting people accurately as a reporter, Mike loves the ability of the fiction writer to put words into people's mouths. He is also a part-time musician who has contributed to more than a dozen albums and performed at many festivals and clubs. A native of Ottawa, he currently lives in Victoria with his wife Anne Cameron Sadava.

Jamieson Wolf

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Jamieson has been writing since a young age when he realized he could be writing
instead of paying attention in school. Since then, he has created many worlds in
which to live his fantasies and live out his dreams.
He is a number-one bestselling author—he likes to tell people that a lot—and
writes in many different genres. Jamieson is also an accomplished artist and works
with acrylic paint. His recent works include Little Yellow Magnet, Love and
Lemonade and When I Think of You.
He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with his husband Michael and
their cat, Anakin who they swear has Jedi powers. You can contact Jamieson
through this website at
He has contribution to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology and Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Jamieson has also been named one of the Top 15 Influential Authors of 2022 by Faces of Ottawa

Dr. Ian Prattis

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Dr. Ian Prattis is Professsor Emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He
is an award winning author of eighteen books. Recent awards include Gold for
Redemption at the 2015 Florida Book Festival, 2015 Quill Award from Focus on
Women Magazine for Trailing Sky Six Feathers and Silver for Environment from
the 2014 Living Now Literary Awards for Failsafe; Saving the Earth From
Ourselves. He received the 2019 Gold from the eLit Excellence Awards for Our
World is Burning. He received the 2011 Ottawa Earth Day Environment Award and
in 2018 the Yellow Lotus award from the Vesak Project for spiritual guidance and
teaching dharma.
Dr. Ian Prattis has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology and Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Genevieve Georget

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Genevieve is a full-time writer and photographer living in Ottawa, Canada, with her
husband and two children. Her first memoir, Her Own Wild Winds, was released in
September of 2016, and her second book Solace was released in September of 2019,
winning the 2020 Faces Magazine Book of the Year Award. Her work can also be
seen in publications such as The Good Mother Project, Love What
Matters, and Her View from Home. She is currently utilizing her skills as a writer,
editor, and writing coach with Round Table Companies to help others bring their
own beautiful stories to life.
She ahs contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology.

Jocy Medina


Science is her job, but the arts have always been her passion. A novelist, a poet and a life coach, Jocy Medina was born in Buena Vista, a vibrant neighbourhood in Havana. She left Cuba when she was 20 and her life adventures took her to see the world. She lived in Mexico, Kenya, China and now she lives in Canada. Jocy speaks four languages, studied Microbiology and has a Master’s in Business Administration. In her blog, she shares her novels, short stories and poems. Her best-known novels include Habana Dura (2016) and Paraíso a lo cubano (2017) and Todo Cambia (2019). She also published a book of poetry, “Manos Escondidas” (2018) and has an active YouTube channel where she shares hours of meditation sessions and reads her poems. Jocy Medina has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Allan McCarville

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Allan McCarville is a Stittsville author and researcher who has published a number of books in various genres, including historical fiction, fantasy adventure, and stories about the paranormal. Upon retiring from the federal government, he had the choice between working as a door greeter at a neighbourhood box store, or crafting stories. He believes writing is much more fun, although he admits he would have made more money as a door greeter. A complete listing of Allan McCarville’s published works is available at

Allan McCarville's two short stories, Blackburn Manor and Demon Hunter, appear in Ghosts and Other Chthonic Macabres,

Jim Davies

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Jim Davies is a cognitive scientist living in Ottawa and a member of the Lyngarde writer’s group. His plays have been produced by Push Push Theatre in Atlanta, Sock 'n' Buskin in Ottawa, Chicago’s Otherworld Theatre Company, The Oak theatre in Atlanta, and the Critical Stage Company in Kingston.


His poetry has appeared in Bywords literary magazine and Altered Reality Magazine. He is author of the serialized fiction series Eve Pixiedrowner and the Micean Council, an urban animal fantasy, and is author of the popular science books Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe,  Imagination: The Science of Your Mind’s Greatest Power, and Being the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are: The Science of a Better You.

Jim Davies has contributed to Ghosts and Other Chthonic Macabres with his short story, The Drink.

Jen Pretty

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Jen Pretty is a prolific writer of smart urban fantasies. Her novels are character driven, witty, often violent, and with a liberal sprinkling of coarse language. Some of her books genre-hop into mythology, pulling characters and situations from a variety of sources. Jen also writes short stories and detours into poetry when the muse hits. When not writing, Jen can be found in the barn with her horses, or kneedeep in the vegetable garden at her home in rural Ontario, Canada, which she shares with her husband, three children, and a white husky dog named Salt. Jen Pretty has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Laurie Stewart

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Laurie Stewart is a disabled, bisexual writer born in 1961. She is mobility impaired and in chronic pain from a failed spinal surgery in 1980.
She has been writing since 2015 when her disability progressed to the point where she could no longer work in her career in independent film. Prior to that shespent seven years working at CRA in international tax and publishes an annual guide to taxes for Canadian Writers.
Laurie is currently at work on the third book in her LGBT mystery series Miss Vee, and is in prep-mode for writing a Science Fiction murder mystery series called Diplomatic Relations starring a former military space pilot who lost her leg  in a skirmish with rebels out in the asteroid belt. It is for the first book in this series that she is applying for an Older Writers Grant as there will be a lot of research, including a trip to the Mars Analog Research Station in Utah and NASA.
Laurie publishes in both the SFF genre and the Contemporary mystery genre under the pen name Delilah Knight).
She lives on a hobby farm near Ottawa, Ontario.
She has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology.

Codi Jeffreys

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Codi Jeffreys has been happily in radio for too many years to count and currently hosts her own
Morning Show on Ottawa's Lite 98.5-FM. She also has recently taken on a part time gig as a Veterinary Assistant at Alta Vista Animal Hospital. Being that music and animals are her passions, this works well for her, radio and vet life. Her other hobbies include photography, reading, going on long nature walks, writing (hence adding to this wonderful compilation) and art. Codi Jeffreys has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

John W. Partington

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Robert Partington writes under his middle name, John W. Partington, with a
superfluous W. He is a Canadian writer living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was a
soldier for fifteen years in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve. After completing one
tour of duty in Haiti (pre-quake) he suffered a bout of mental illness which resulted
in a medical discharge from the Canadian Forces. Since then he has had a few jobs
and started a career in the Public Service of Canada. Writing, however, will always
be his first love (his wife is his true love). His favourite colour is purple. He has two
cats, who choose to annoy him most when trying to write.
He has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology.

Brigitte Boulay

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Brigitte Boulay is an advocate for the homeless and those living in poverty. She is the founder of Shadow Ottawa, an organization that focuses on helping those in need.
Brigitte is also an artist, published poet and writer. Her writing style is raw and authentic. She is the author of We Live in the Shadows: True Stories About Homelessness.
She brings forth the hard truths from the streets and shines a light on street life to help bring understanding. She is presently working on volume 2 of We Live in the Shadows.
She has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology and Love & Catastrophe Poetre.


Samantha Paige Maskell

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Samantha Paige Maskell is a student of several years and a poet of many more. Their
work fiercely examines their experiences with sexuality and mental illness, considering the details of sapphism and depression with words of gentle discomfort and warm repose. They published their first collection, laden with rust, in 2017 with Createspace Independent Publishing. They are forever grateful to their mother, their father, the friends that shaped them and the lovers that broke them so they could put themselves back together through words.
Samantha Paige Maskell has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Emma Schuster

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Emma Schuster is a twenty-year-old poet and Environment Studies student at the University of Waterloo. She is currently writing and working out of Ottawa. After discovering her love of poetry at eleven, she began to write and hasn’t stopped since. Emma recently released a self-published poetry zine about her love for the city of Ottawa.

Emma Schuster's poem The Masked Cotillion appears on the anthology, Ghosts and Other Chthonic Macabres.

Kimberly Bowie

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Kimberly is a local Ottawan who has always been passionate about creating art in some form or another. As a
model, she has done print work, runway and many fashion television spots. As an actor, she can be seen in commercials, music videos, film and television.
She is also an award-winning fashion designer! Drawing from life experience, Kimberly has written short stories, scenes, and poetry, which she finds very therapeutic.
Whatever the creative project may be, she pours her soul into it.
Kimberly has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

George Foster

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George Foster is a retired Engineering Consultant for the Nuclear Power industry.
He has written well over 600 procedures, program documents, training manuals and
He is a member of the North Grenville Writers Circle and is trying hard to
develop his own fiction voice and style. In the summer he can be found on the golf
course, on his bike or on the river in his kayak. In the winter he hunkers down in the
warmth of his living room to write, accompanied by his black lab Kimber and the
family’s pet Jenday Conure Lulu.
In addition to short stories George is working on a science fiction novel about a
time machine built by Nikola Tesla.
You can reach him at
He has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology as well as the anthology, Ghosts and Other Chthonic Macabres.

John C. Nash

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John C. Nash has been writing for nearly six decades, but a lot of his work has been
of a scientific nature. Eyes glaze over when he mentions computational statistics or
quantum mechanics. Since retirement, however, he has additionally managed to
complete a biography, four novels, and a collection of short works (stories, essays,
and poems) of which Teleflush is one example. He resides in Stittsville and is a
member of the Stittsville Creative Writing Group. His out-of-print scientific books
can be found on, while his novels are freely available to read on
He has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology.

Summer Breeze

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Summer Breeze is an author, artist, and healer currently residing in Ottawa. Her
garden, Wild Thing, is living proof that her fertile imagination is not limited to the
written word. This free spirit can usually be found puttering amongst the flowers, or
dancing barefoot at the beach, connecting to the joy in life.
She has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology.

Katherine Imbleau

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Katherine Imbleau was born in Victoria, British Columbia, but at the age of one, her family moved
o Ottawa where she was raised. Katherine is a passionate writer, painter, and world traveller. She has travelled to New Zealand, Greece, Iceland, United States, Dominican Republic, and Antigua.
Through her many adventures, she has found her connection to the world in the forms of creativity and kindness.
Katherine has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Matthew Lalonde

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Matthew was born in Almonte, Ontario and raised in Ottawa. Reading in various formats; books,comic books e-books etc, has always been a past time of his, along with world building and writing. Sci-Fi to Fantasy to History, almost anything can tickle his reading bone. A self-described “hack,” he has written many a short story for his own amusement, some of which even form a cohesive story or two. This is his first official submission to a project like this, and hey, it may even get printed!
Could he still call himself a hack after that? Other than reading and writing, music is his next biggest hobby, though he cannot play an instrument to save his life.
Other hobbies include, but are not limited to: Computer Games, Board and Card Games, collecting medieval hand weapons, Playing various tabletop RPG’s, Eating food and sleeping. He is sure that there are more, but he can’t think of them as of the writing of this bio.
He has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology..

Sara Scally-Lalonde

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Sara Scally-Lalonde is a third generation army-brat and mother of three. When she is not writing she can be found hidden under a mountain of fabric and costumes and even as an adult loves to play pretend.
She had been a beta-reader for The Refuse Chronicles and Ngaro’s Sojourney.
She has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology and Ghosts and Other Chthonic Macabres.

Pooja Grover

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Pooja Grover is a highly approachable Transformative Consultant, Corporate Wellness Expert and Workplace Mindfulness Consultant who helps YOU retrain your mind to unlock your full potential at work and in life to become the best version of yourself. Pooja is the Founder and President of Mindful Intuitions, a platform designed to empower and uplift souls. She is also a Certified Reiki Master Teacher (USUI, Karuna, Heart Centered), Energy Healer, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and Intuitive Visual Artist who is passionate about shifting mindset to bring impactful transformations and create mindful moments. Pooja gently empowers you to overcome overwhelm by exploring your deepest emotions, releasing what doesn’t serve you, healing your inner child, finding your true voice and manifesting abundance by honouring your intuition.
Pooja has skilfully intertwined her passion for creative expression with her life purpose to empower heart-centered souls and connect them with their Divinity. Pooja’s artwork tells a visual story and is inspired by her spiritual and mindfulness practices. She takes pride in story-telling and indulges in writing passionately about each artwork to inspire and empower souls. Her artwork is proudly owned by art collectors internationally who describe her artwork as soulful and inspirational.
“Intuitions are a powerhouse of energy and positivity… Awaken them… Trust them… Express them through mindful creativity… “ – Pooja Grover
Pooja Grover has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Stephanie Shotton

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Stephanie Shotton was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She
moved to Ottawa in search of new adventures and inspirations. She enjoys reading, writing and crafting, as well as the company of her many animals. She does her best to be a positive ripple across the universe.
Stephanie Shotton has contributed to Love & Catastrophe Poetre.

Tawnis Commanda


Her name means “daughter” in Algonquin and she is named after her great-grandmother,
Mary Commanda. The name “Commanda” comes from the Algonquin word
for “Man Standing Tall” and from Commandante, the military rank adopted by
those who historically had no surname.
Tawnis was born in London, Ontario, and is of Potawatomi and Chippewa
descent, but was adopted into a loving family in Ottawa when she was 2 years old,
along with her 1-year old brother, by Lynn Commanda, Thunder and Lightning
Clan, Algonquin First Nation of Kitigan Zibi, government worker, maker of
traditional beadwork and dreamcatchers. Her adopted mother also helped in creating
Moving to Another Universe.
Her mother raised Tawnis among spiritual, intellectual and creative ventures
from music to pop culture to a respect for science and the spiritual side of things.
When she was a teenager normally obsessed with guitar, she began having regular
interaction with the spiritual world which lead to intricate astral travel experiences
which became part of the fabric of her daily life. She found support in her mother,
who at times was more open minded about these experiences because of the beliefs
she was raised in. Later Tawnis would attend Carleton University where she earned
a bachelor of History; and then Algonquin College, where I earned a Certificate in
Pre-Animation. She dabbled in Computer Programming for a number of months
before realizing it wasn’t for her. Unfortunately, not enough to earn a credential. A
combination of her life’s experiences, her mother and her knowledge/experience, a
general hunger for things multiverse, time travel, Sc-Fi, fantasy and really anything
new and exciting, have made Tawnis the person she’s learning to be!
She currently lives quietly with her mother/editor and five cats in central
She has contributed to Thin Places: The Ottawan Anthology.

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