Canadian Literature: Fiction Poetry Historical Fiction
I received a SSHRC grant in 2012 to research a new historical novel, The Difference, published by Knopf Canada 2019 and as The Voyage of the Morning Light by W.W. Norton in the US 2020. The Difference won the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and the City of Dartmouth Fiction Prize.
My three earlier novels were all longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. My first, Good to a Fault, shortlisted for the Giller, was a CBC Canada Reads finalist and nominated for the international Dublin IMPAC award. It won the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean. My suite of poems about the murders of four RCMP members in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. I wrote the narration track for the award-winning NFB documentary Vanishing Point, about the effects of climate change on hunting communities in the far north. My stories, essays, poems and novels have been published across Canada, and in England, the US, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. I also mentor writers in the writing program at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at Humber College.
Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize 2020
City of Dartmouth Best Book Award, Fiction, 2020
SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Canada Council Writing Grants
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Writing Grants
City of Edmonton Writing Grant
SSHRC Insight Development Grant for research in the South Pacific towards a novel, The Difference
English 102 has two objectives. The first is to train students in the practices of analytical reading and critical thinking. To that end, we will read engaging literary texts in several genres. The second objective is to help students develop effective communication skills, particularly their writing abilities. To develop writing techniques, we will workshop grammatical skills which will provide the necessary building blocks for university-level writing. Prerequisite: ELA 30-1 or AUENG 101.Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
Introduction to the writing of poetry and short fiction. Literary examples are analyzed, and a student is required to write poetry and fiction with attention to specific elements of writing such as imagery, structure, dialogue, and characterization. A central element of the course is peer discussion. Prerequisites: *3 in English at the 100-level.Fall Term 2020