Canadian Literature: Fiction Poetry Historical Fiction Theatre
I received a SSHRC grant 2012-2016 to research The Difference, published by Knopf Canada 2019 (and as The Voyage of the Morning Light by W.W. Norton in the US in 2020). Through two voyages to the South Pacific, The Difference examines the disastrous history of benevolence and the running of residential schools in the first part of the 20th century. The novel won the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and the City of Dartmouth Fiction Prize.
My new novel, The Observer, in press with Knopf Canada for 2023, is about the wife of an RCMP constable who becomes the editor of the small-town Alberta newspaper in his detachment, and must deal with new ideas of community and honour, and the cost PTSD imposes on families.
Three of my 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, 2020
SSHRC Insight Development Grant 2012-2016
Canada Council Writing Grants, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Writing Grants, City of Edmonton Writing Grant
Commonwealth Prize, Best Book Canada/Caribbean 2009
SSHRC Insight Development Grant for research in the South Pacific towards a novel, The Difference
An introduction to dramaturgical analysis. Students will engage in structural and literary analyses of plays drawn from both the classic canon and modern Canadian plays (with reference to historical context, script development and production histories), investigating their literary substance and gaining a practical understanding of dramatic techniques such as structure, character, dialogue, image and plot. Visitors will include dramaturges and directors, and students will work on a new script-in-progress with a Canadian playwright. Prerequisites: AUENG 102.
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.
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.
Continuation of the fiction instruction begun in AUENG 215. The completion of a chapbook-length collection of fiction (20 to 48 pages) is required. Prerequisite: AUENG 215 or consent of the instructor.
Selected topics that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. This seminar-style class is the first course in Augustana's Core. The focus and content of each course are determined by faculty interests, and vary from year to year.