Shelly Kawaja is the author of The Raw Light of Morning. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in several magazines such as Horseshoe Literary Magazine, The Humber Literary Review, The Dalhousie Review, Post-Colonial Text, CBC online, and PACE. She was shortlisted for the Bridge Prize, the Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador's Fresh Fish Award and was the winner of the GritLit 2020 short fiction contest. Shelly is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, The Humber School for Writers and is a current MFA student at the University of British Columbia. She lives in western Newfoundland with her family.