Currently Interim Co-ordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program and Chair of the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, Dr. Laurie Brinklow is a writer, editor, and former book publisher, founding Acorn Press in 1993. Herself a 2007 graduate of UPEI’s MAIS program, she has a PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Tasmania. A long-time “islophile,” Laurie was Publishing Co-ordinator with the Institute of Island Studies from 1990 to 2004 and helped co-ordinate the North Atlantic Islands Programme (1994-98), during which time she developed a passion for all things “island.” She teaches in the MAIS program at UPEI and is particularly interested in the power of place and story, and their impact on identity. She has published in several academic journals and books, and is the author of a book of poetry, Here for the Music (Acorn, 2012). She is the Government of Iceland’s Honorary Consul for Prince Edward Island and is a member of the Vinland Society of Prince Edward Island. She also sits on the boards of the International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA) and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF).