"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 May 2017, not only was Rick an award-winner in the Creative Non-Fiction category, also as part of the Island Literary Awards, he released his Music PEI Award nominated debut EP "Dirty, Little Love Songs" and performed a handful of shows around the Maritimes in support of the release.
Rick and his band The Enablers have just released their debut, full-length album, The Trouble with the Light.