Aara Macauley (Artistic Director)

Aara has a B.A.H in Classical Studies and an M.A. in Latin Literature from Queen’s University. She has been involved with Kingston WritersFest in various capacities​ since 2011​ – from a patron, to archivist to box office coordinator​. In 2014, she​ joined the staff in an administrative role​, becoming Operations Manager in 2017, and, in December 2020, Artistic Director​. For four years she owned and operated a boutique selling primarily local, Canadian, and independently created art, clothing, and jewelry. Aara has been involved in the fundraising, event planning, and promotion committees for various local cabaret, film, and arts festivals. She is past Chairperson on the Reelout Arts Project Board of Directors​, where she served for 8 years,​ and champions greater access to and awareness of our community’s diversity through the arts.


Jennifer Stefanopoulos (Operations Manager)

Jennifer has a B.A.H in English Literature from Concordia University and an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto. She is passionate about the literary industry and has over 5 years’ professional experience in operations and customer success for not-for-profits. She has volunteered for multiple organizations in the past, including TIFF & Word on the Street since 2015. An avid reader in her free time, she also enjoys travelling and has lived in Colombia and the UK.

We're Hiring

KWF is hiring as part of Canada Summer Jobs!
We are looking for an Administrative Assistant and Marketing Assistant to help us as we lead up to our 2022 in-person festival.
Applications will run until the end of May, with a start date in July.
Download the position descriptions below and you can apply by emailing us at info@kingstowritersfest.ca, with the position in the email subject.

Our Festival Team

Knowles, Tricia

Tricia Knowles (Director of Marketing)

Tricia is an artistic producer, arts promoter, and freelance writer. Tricia creates events that encourage sustainable development of the arts and culture with a passion for interactive, immersive events that inspire residents to re-examine their relationship to the land and to each other; to be part of the change they want to see in their community. Tricia is also a promotions and marketing professional with 20 years of experience working in media including on-air radio positions with many prominent broadcasters for 14 years. She has sat on various city working groups and holds a certificate in Cultural Planning and Development from UBC.

Y.S. (Ying) Lee

Ying Lee (Education Manager)

Ying was born in Singapore, raised in Vancouver and Toronto, and lived for a spell in England. She is an award-winning author of young adult fiction. Ying earned a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and culture from Queen’s University.


Our Community Liasons

 Oscar Malan (Festival Bookseller)

Oscar is the owner of Kingston, Ontario’s celebrated independent bookstore, Novel Idea. He was granted Honourary Membership in the League of Canadian Poets in 2012.


Kimberly Sutherland Mills (Library Liaison)

Kimberly is the Manager of Programming and Outreach at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.  A graduate of the Master of Library of Information Science program at Western University, Kimberly has more than 20 years of program and special event experience, and has served as a juror for both the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction.  This is her second year as liaison with Kingston WritersFest.