Department of English

University of Toronto

Redhill, Michael

 Michael Redhill
Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence
Massey College

Each year the University appoints a Canadian writer to work with students, faculty and staff interested in creative writing.  The term of the Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence is January to April.  Michael Redhill is housed at Massey college, and holds office hours throughout the term; for consultation please email him at

Michael Redhill was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1966, but has lived in Toronto most of his life. Educated in the United States and Canada, he took seven years to complete a three-year BA in acting, film, and finally, English. Since 1988, he has published five collections of poetry, had eight plays of varying lengths performed, and been a cultural critic and essayist. He has worked as an editor, a ghost-writer, an anthologist, a scriptwriter for film and television, and in leaner times, as a waiter, a house-painter, and a bookseller. Currently, he is the publisher and one of the editors of Brick, a journal of things literary. His most recent books are Fidelity, a collection of short fiction, from Doubleday Canada, Martin Sloane, a novel from Doubleday Canada (nominated for the Giller Prize, 2001, The Trillium Prize, 2001, The Torgi Award, 2002, The City of Toronto Book Awards, 2002, The Books in Canada/ Best First Novel Prize 2002, and winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean 2001), Light-crossing, a collection of poetry from Toronto’s House of Anansi Press, and Building Jerusalem, a play, from Playwrights’ Union Press, (winner of the 2001 Dora Prize for Best New Play, recipient of a Chalmers Award for Playwriting 2001, and nominated for a Governor General’s Award 2001). His new play, Goodness, premiered at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in November 2005, and in August 2006, it played for two weeks at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe. There it won a “Fringe First Award,” and also won the prestigious Carole Tambor Best of Edinburgh prize, which is an award of a two week performance of the play at P.S. 122 in New York City. The play opened New York in March 2007. Goodness was published by Coach House Press in 2005 and his novel, Consolation came out with Doubleday Canada in the fall of 2006. In 2007, it won the City of Toronto Book Award and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives with his partner and two sons in Toronto.

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