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 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.
Our Festival Team
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.
Our Community Liasons
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.