Umbrella contributors

Meet our contributors for the Spring 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

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.

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.

Abena “Beloved Green” Tuffour 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.