Bio

"These poems offer an idiosyncratic vision of Island life, mapping a mixture of memories, dreams, and imaginings. Their thoughtful engagement with language, metaphor, and rhythm creates striking and memorable images and scenes." ~ The Island Literary Awards on Rick Sparkes' award-winning collection of poetry, "More Confessions of an Island Cartographer, Charlottetown, 1965 and other  poems."

Originally from Kennebecasis Valley in New Brunswick, Canada, Rick moved to Prince Edward Island in 2003 where he has worked as a writer, a musician, and a teacher.

In May 2016, Rick was awarded the Milton Acorn Poetry Prize at the Island Literary Awards in Charlottetown, PEI. Then in 2019, not only was his album "The Trouble with the Light" (2018) nominated for Music PEI's Rock Recording of the Year and Group Recording of the Year, Rick was nominated for the 2020 Music PEI SOCAN Songwriter of the Year.

Rick and his band The Enablers have had the opportunity to play some incredible stages since launching in 2017 including the Living Roots Festival, the Tay Creek Folk Festival, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, and many more.

Rick Sparkes + The Enablers released their second full-length album, Pleasure in the Pathless Woods, on March 18, 2021, which has since gone on to win the 2022 Music PEI Award for Group Recording of the Year, a 2022 City of Summerside Culture Award, and earned a 2022 East Coast Music Award nomination for Group Recording of the Year.