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FARR Program 2021 Art Writers

Eastern Edge is happy to announce the lineup for our New Art Writer’s Program in conjunction with the FARR Program! To close off this iteration of the FARR Program, Melissa Barbeau, Rhea Rollmann, and Jordan Synder have written short text on each of the FARR Artists. See the links below!


Melissa Barbeau is a Newfoundland writer and junior high school teacher, and a founding member of the Port Authority Writing Group. Her work can be found in The Newfoundland Quarterly, The Cuffer Anthology, and in the anthology Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland.

Melissa’s debut novel The Luminous Sea was a finalist for the BMO Winterset Award, a contender for Newfoundland Reads, the winner of Georgian Bay Reads, and was longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award. It is set to be translated into German and will be released in Europe in 2022.

A long, long time ago Melissa made her live literary debut at Words in Edgewise – a monthly live arts event once hosted by Eastern Edge Gallery – and she is delighted to have been asked back. She lives in Torbay, Newfoundland where she is raising a gaggle of children with her husband. She writes in a little green shed in her backyard or at a table in Freshwater, Conception Bay that overlooks the sea.

Click here to read her piece on Nicole Travers


Rhea Rollmann is a journalist, writer and radio/podcast producer based in St. John’s, NL. Rhea was a founding editor of, and a contributing editor with Her writing has appeared in a range of popular and academic publications, including Briarpatch Magazine, CCPA Monitor,, Canadian Theatre Review, Journal of Gender Studies, and more. She was the recipient of an Atlantic Journalism Gold Award in 2017, and finalist for a Canadian Association of Journalism Award in 2018. Rhea also has a background in labour organizing, and queer and trans activism. She’s presently Program Director at CHMR-FM, a community radio station in St. John’s, NL.

Click here to read her piece on Nasim Makaremi 


Jordan Snyder is a recent graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Media. Prior to studying art in Toronto she studied Journalism at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and English Literature at Texas State University in San Marcos. As a non-status First Nations person, she has matrilineal ties to the Deninu Kue First Nation at Fort Resolution. Jordan is an emerging artist, filmmaker, and writer with her most recent work on display at the A Very Different World exhibition at the Te Tuhi gallery in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Click here to read her piece on Kevin Melanson



Are you interested in writing about art, but haven’t been able to get your foot in the door? We would love to hear from you! Writers of non-art backgrounds, as well as emerging artists and writers, are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information!