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 beautiful 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 ceremony in Charlottetown, PEI. Then in 2019, not only was his album "The Trouble with the Light" (2018) nominated for two Music PEI awards, Rick was an award-winner in the poetry category of the Island Literary Awards.

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, and many more.

Rick Sparkes + The Enablers latest album "The Trouble with the Light" is available for purchase on the "Store" page and at any of their shows.