Umbrella contributors

Meet our contributors for the Fall 2021 Issue of Umbrella magazine

Kiki Carr is a writer and published author who focuses on personal development, poetry, local community and mindfulness. She is from a small town east of Toronto and is a new resident to Carrying Place. Find her @_kikicarr

Andrew Gray (he/him) is a graphic designer and documentary filmmaker with a degree in Film Studies and a diploma in Digital Production. He enjoys working at the Belleville Public Library, designing the annual programme for DocFest and making documentaries with his brother Adam. Contact:

Lin Parkin is a local writer with over 10 years’ experience interviewing artists, musicians and entrepreneurs. She also works with companies coast-to-coast to create long and short-form articles, blog posts and website resources. In 2018, she and her husband returned to the Bay of Quinte area to put down roots with their son.

Peter Paylor is a Belleville-based writer and playwright. He is a member of the Quinte Playwrights’ Collective and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Peter serves as Director of New Play Development for River & Main Theatre Company at Theatre in The Wings in Belleville’s downtown art and gallery district.

Ardith Racey is a retired English teacher who now enjoys being a freelance writer and entrepreneur. An avid reader of fiction, Ardith now considers herself a streaming convert. She lives near Tweed, with her husband, Hugh.

Jennifer Shea is a seasoned communications professional with more than 35 years of experience in journalism and public relations. In 2014, Jennifer launched an independent communication business – Job 1 Communications. Jennifer grew up in Belleville and returned to the city in 2005 after working and raising a family in Kingston.

Allen Steinberg graduated from Loyalist College’s Public Relations program in 2021 and has a background in Journalism and Communications. Since 2019, he’s been working on growing his band Arm’s Length, releasing two EPs and receiving acclaim from major music blogs like Stereogum and Pitchfork. He’s currently sorting out touring plans and writing a full-length album.

Abena “Beloved” Green is an award-winning poet, freelance writer, and dancer. She uses spoken word to create, engage, and elevate. Her poems address cultural, social, and environmental issues, relationships, and reflect on everyday life as a small-town raised, semi-nomadic, first-generation Canadian.

Contributors for past issues of Umbrella magazine:

Carol Bauer spent almost 25 years at the QAC where she worked alongside Peter Davis on the Umbrella when it was first created in 1991. Her focus at the QAC was on arts education and performing arts programs.

Vic Schukov has been writing weekly columns for several newspapers for 30 years. Vic is a published novelist, professional musician, book editor, journalism teacher, ghost writer, and a staged playwright. He writes the weekly “Funny Side Up” humour column for the Belleville Intelligencer.

Scott Williams is retired from corporate life and is grateful to have found writers’ communities in Belleville and Quinte West. He is co-owner of a small craft brewery in Madoc, and spends much of his time wondering how exactly that happened. He lives with his long-suffering spouse and two very opinionated basset hounds.