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MA in the Field of Creative Writing Program Adjunct Faculty (Mentor) Biographies

André Alexis is a playwright and novelist. His first novel, Childhood, was nominated for the Giller Prize and The Roger’s/Writer’sTrust Fiction Prize. It won the Books in Canada First Novel Award and was co-winner of the Trillium Award (shared with Alice Munro). His second novel, Asylum was published in 2009, and he has also written a short story collection entitled, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa (1998), nominated for a Commonwealth Award, and the novel, Ingrid and the Wolf (2005), a Quill & Quire “Best of the Year”. His plays have been performed in Toronto, Vancouver and Edinburgh and one of them, Lambton Kent, was published in 2001. He has been Playwright-in-Residence at The Canadian Stage and a member of the Playwright‘s Unit at The Tarragon Theatre. In 2015, his novel Fifteen Dogs won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize; in 2017, it won Canada Reads.


Ken Babstock was born in Newfoundland and grew up in the Ottawa Valley. His first collection Mean (1999) won him the Milton Acorn Award and the 2000 Atlantic Poetry Prize. His second collection, Days into Flatspin appeared in 2001 to enthusiastic reviews. His most recent collection, Airstream Land Yacht, won the Trillium Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2007 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, and was nominated for the 2006 Governor General's Award for poetry. His poems have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards, have been anthologized in Canada and the United States, and have been translated into Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, and Latvian. Babstock has worked as Poetry Faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and poetry editor for the House of Anansi. Airstream Land Yacht (2006) was shortlisted for the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and won the Trillium Book Award. In 2011, he released his fourth collection of poetry, Methodist Hatchet.

Ken Babstock

Dionne Brand is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian with over eighteen books and seven documentary films to her credit. Her work is highly respected for its critical engagement of social justice, with particular emphasis on issues of violence, race and gender. Her accolades include four nominations for the Trillium Book Award and three nominations for the Governor General’s Award, each of which were awarded to her poetry collection, Land to Light On (1997) . She has twice been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, winning for Thirsty (2002), the Toronto Book Award, winning for What We All Long For (2005), and the Griffin Poetry Prize, winning for Ossuaries (2010). She has acted as Writer-In-Residence at the University of Toronto, been made a Fellow of the Academies for Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada, and was appointed to the position of Poet Laureate of Toronto in 2009.

Dionne Brand

Trevor Cole has won international acclaim for his fiction and journalism. His first two novels — Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life (2004), and The Fearsome Particles (2006) — were both short-listed for the Governor-General's Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, Practical Jean, published in Canada, the US, Germany and soon France, won the 2011 Leacock Medal for Humour and was short-listed for the Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. In 2013 Cole won the Canada Council's Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding artistic achievement as a writer in mid-career. His fourth novel, Hope Makes Love, has been called “rewarding,” “riveting,” “powerful” and “brilliant.” In 2015 he adapted his first novel for the stage, and in 2017, HarperCollins published his first non-fiction book, The Whisky King, an account of the life of Canada’s most infamous bootlegger and the undercover operative who tried to bring him down.  
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Trevor Cole

Kevin Connolly is an editor, journalist and poet whose five collections of poetry include Drift (2005) which won the Trillium Book Award for poetry and Revolver (2008), shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Trillium Book Award. He was poetry editor at Coach House Books from 2003 to 2012, read and edited poetry for McClelland and Stewart (2013-2017), and is the incoming poetry editor at the House of Anansi (as of Feb 2017). Since 2014 he has taught the poetry workshop at the University of Guelph's MFA in creative writing, and was poetry faculty at the Banff Centre's May Writing Studio in 2015. His new collection, Xiphoid Process, will be released in April 2017.

Kevin Connolly

Lynn Crosbie is a Toronto-based writer with a PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto and the author of six collections of poems including The Corpses of the Future (2017, Anansi). She has, most recently, written the acclaimed novel Chicken, optioned for film by Bruce McDonald, the "haute fan fiction" Where Did You Sleep Last Night (finalist for the Trillium Award), a love story about Kurt Cobain and a "Walmart goth," and the memoir/fiction Life is About Losing Everything (winner of the Re-Lit award). She has written in virtually every form: advertisements, screenplays, advice columns (for Fashion magazine), Cyrano-love letters, text/collage (in her book about the psychopath Paul Bernardo), and collaborations about demon babies (with Robert Siek) and Eve Harrington (in Phoebe 2000, with David Trinidad and Jeffery Conway).


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Claudia Dey is a novelist, playwright and columnist. She wrote the weekly Group Therapy and Coupling columns for The Globe and Mail and Toro magazine’s sex column under the pseudonym, Bebe O’Shea. Her plays have been produced internationally and include Beaver, Trout Stanley and The Gwendolyn Poems, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award. Her debut novel, Stunt, was chosen by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire as Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the First Novel Award. Her non-fiction follow-up, How to Be a Bush Pilot: A Field Guide to Getting Luckier is published by HarperCollins. Dey lives in Toronto.
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   Claudia Dey
Charles Foran holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University College, Dublin, and most recently taught Irish literature at St Michael’s College, University of Toronto. He has published eleven books, including Mordecai, a biography of Mordecai Richler, travel narratives set in China and Northern Ireland, and the novels Kitchen Music, Butterfly Lovers, House on Fire, Carolan’s Farewell and Planet Lolita.  His fiction, nonfiction, and journalism have won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Weston Prize, the Taylor Prize, the Canadian Jewish Book Award, two QSPELL prizes, and several National Magazine Awards.  He has also made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas and has co-written a documentary for television. A past president of PEN Canada, Charlie is a senior fellow at Massey College and a member of the Order of Canada.  He is also CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.   Charlie Foran

Camilla Gibb has a BA in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Toronto, and she completed her PhD in social anthropology at Oxford University in 1997. She spent two years at the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral research fellow before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of four novels: Mouthing the Words (1999), The Petty Details of So-and-so’s Life (2002), Sweetness in the Belly (2005) and The Beauty of Humanity Movement (2011), and a memoir, This Is Happy (2016), as well as numerous short stories, articles and reviews. She was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize in 2016, she won the Trillium Book Award in 2006, was a Giller Prize nominee in 2005, the winner of the City of Toronto Book Award in 2000 and the recipient of the CBC Canadian Literary Award for short fiction in 2001. Her books have been published in 18 countries and translated into 14 languages, and she was named by the jury of the prestigious Orange Prize as one of 21 writers to watch in the new century. She is currently the June Callwood Professor in Social Justice at Victoria College, University of Toronto.
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Camilla Gibb
Katherine Govier’s credits include ten novels and three collections of short stories. Her work has been published internationally, appearing in the United Kingdom, the United States, and throughout the Commonwealth, and in translation in Holland, Italy, Turkey, France, Spain and Slovenia. She is the winner of Canada's Marian Engel Award for a woman writer (1997) and the Toronto Book Award (1992). Her 2002 novel, Creation, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She was instrumental in the founding of Writers in Electronic Residence with teacher Trevor Owen, and she founded and directs The Shoe Project, a writing and performance workshop for immigrant and refugee women. She published The Ghost Brush in 2010, and her most recent novel is The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel, published in 2016.
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Katherine Govier

Barbara Gowdy's seven novels and her short-story collection have been published in twenty-four countries. Her novel Falling Angels became a major motion picture, as did her story “We So Seldom Look on Love” (under the title Kissed). She has been a finalist three times for The Governor General’s Award and The Roger’s Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, twice for The Scotia Bank Giller Prize and The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and she has been longlisted for The Booker Prize. In 1996, she received The Marian Engel Award. She is a Trillium Book Award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, and a Guggenheim Fellow.

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Barbara Gowdy

Sheila Heti is the author of various books of fiction and non-fiction, including the novels Motherhood and How Should a Person Be? She is the former Interviews Editor at The Believer magazine, and has written for The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, n+1, The Paris Review and many other places. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages.

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Liz Howard's debut collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General's Award for poetry, and was named a Globe and Mail top 100 book. A National Magazine Award finalist, her recent work has appeared in Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, Poetry Magazine, The Walrus, and Best Canadian Poetry. Her second collection, Letters in a Bruised Cosmos, was published by McClelland & Stewart in June 2021. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She served as the 2018-2019 Distinguished Canadian Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary. She has worked as writing faculty at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and has completed creative writing and Indigenous arts residencies at UBC Kelowna, Douglas College, and Sheridan College. She is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe descent. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she currently lives in Toronto.
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Kateri Lanthier  has a BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Her poems have been published in Canada, the United States, and England, most recently in The Fiddlehead, Leveler, EVENT, Hazlitt, Great Lakes Review, Green Mountains Review, PoetrySky (translated into Chinese by Anna Yin), and the Literary Review of Canada. Her poem “The Coin Under the Leftmost Sliding Cup” won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize and was included in Best Canadian Poetry 2014 (Tightrope Books). Her poem “Reluctant, Reluctant” was shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year 2016 and was an Editors’ Choice. She won third prize in the London, England-based 2016 Troubadour International Poetry competition. She delivered a TEDx talk on poetry at TEDx Ashbury College 2016 in Ottawa. Her poetry reviews have appeared in The Rusty Toque. She is a full member of The League of Canadian Poets and has taught Creative Writing in the English and Drama department at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her first collection is Reporting from Night (Iguana, 2011). Her second collection is Siren (Signal Editions, Véhicule Press, spring 2017).   K. Lanthier

Guy Maddin is the director of twelve feature-length movies, including The Green Fog (2017), The Forbidden Room (2015), My Winnipeg (2007), The Saddest Music in the World (2003) and National Society of Film Critics Best Experimental Film Prizewinners Archangel (1990) and The Heart of the World (2000). He has also mounted around the world over seventy performances of his films featuring live elements - orchestra, sound effects, singing, and narration. Maddin was Visiting Lecturer in Visual and Environmental Studies, 2015-18, at Harvard University. Since 2011, Maddin has collaborated with Galen Johnson and Evan Johnson under the banner of Development Ltd., their Winnipeg-based filmmaking collective. Maddin is also a member of The Order of Canada.

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Pasha Malla is the author of seven books, most recently Kill the Mall, a novel. Pasha's writing has won the Hamilton Literary Award, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, and several National Magazine Awards, been shortlisted for the Amazon Best First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Prize (Best First Book, Canada & Caribbean), longlisted for the Giller Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award, and twice featured in the Journey Prize anthology. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Malla headshot
Anne Michaels an internationally celebrated novelist and poet whose books have been translated into more than fifty languages. Her novels have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Trillium Award, and the Chapters/Books In Canada First Novel Award, among many others. Her novel, Fugitive Pieces (1996), was on bestseller lists for over three years and was adapted as a feature film which premiered as the opening film of the Toronto International Film Festival. Her internationally acclaimed novels, Fugitive Pieces and The Winter Vault, were also both shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the IMPAC Award. Her award-winning and popular collections of poetry include The Weight of Oranges, winner of the Commonwealth Prize for the Americas; Miner's Pond, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, the Trillium Award, and winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award; Skin Divers; and Correspondences, shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. Among many other honours, she is a Guggenheim Fellow, has received honorary degrees, and has served as Toronto's Poet Laureate. Her most recent books include All We Saw, Infinite Gradation, and Railtracks (co-written with John Berger). In 2020, her novel Fugitive Pieces was chosen as one of the BBC's 100 Novels that Shaped the World..

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Anne Michaels

Michael Redhill is a poet, playwright and novelist. His first novel, Martin Sloane (2001), won the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, and it was nominated for the Giller Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, and the Trillium Book Award. His novel of Toronto, Consolation (2006), won the City of Toronto Book Award and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has acted as an editorial board member for Coach House Press and was one of the editors, and a former publisher, of Brick. He also writes crime fiction under the name Inger Ash Wolfe. He has been writer in residence at the University of Toronto, as well as at U of T Scarborough. His newest book is the novel Bellevue Square, which won the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize. M. Redhill
Leon Rooke is credited with more than 30 books -- novels, short stories, poems, and anthologies. His most recent publications include How God Talks in His Sleep and Other Tales of Woe (2008), a collaborative project with Tony Calzetta, two collections of short stories, Hitting the Charts (2006) and The Last Shot (2009), and the novella, Pope and Her Lady (2010). His work has been translated into numerous languages including French, Italian, Spanish, and Slovakian. He is the recipient of numerous literary prizes, including a Governor General's Award for Shakespeare's Dog; Paperback Novel of the Year Award for Fat Woman (which was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award); the W.O. Mitchell Award recognizing a lifetime of writing and mentoring; and a CBC Short Fiction Prize. He has won two ReLit Awards: for poetry -- Hot Poppies (2006) and for fiction -- Painting the Dog (2003). His other credits include The Beautiful Wife (2005), Hot Poppies (2005), and Balduchi's Who's Who (2005). His novel, A Good Baby (1989), was produced as a feature film. Rooke's work in radio and theatre is also extensive: a stage adaptation of Shakespeare's Dog, commissioned by the Manitoba Theatre Centre, had its world premiere at George Washington University in early 2007. He and his wife Constance founded the popular Eden Mills Writers' Festival.
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Leon Rooke

Rebecca Rosenblum is the author of two collections of short stories, Once and The Big Dream. Her stories have been short-listed for the Journey Prize, a National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award; won the Metcalfe-Rooke Award; and been turned into a stage play and a short film. Her most recent book is the novel So Much Love, shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award and the Trillium Prize and one of The Globe and Mail'sthe National Post's, and Quill and Quire's Books of the Year in 2017.

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Karen Solie is the author of five collections of poetry. Her most recent, The Caiplie Caves, published in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Derek Walcott Prize. The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, published in Canada and the U.S., was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. Pigeon won the Griffin Prize, the Trillium Poetry Prize, and the Pat Lowther Award. The Living Option, a volume of selected poems published in the U.K., was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She has received the Canada Council's Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for an artist in mid-career and the Writers' Trust Latner Poetry Award for a poet in mid-career. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in Canada, the U.K., U.S., Europe, and Australia and have been translated into French, German, Korean, Dutch, and Hebrew. An associate director for the Banff Centre's Writing Studio, Karen has taught writing for universities across Canada and in the U.K., most recently for the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2022, she will be the Holloway Visiting Poet and Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Carmine Starnino has published six volumes of poetry, including This Way Out (2009), which was nominated for a Governor General's Award and translated into French by Éditions Hashtag under the title Par Ici La Sortie. His most recent collection is Dirty Words: Selected Poems 1997-2016 (2020), which was awarded the inaugural Pier Giorgio Di Cicco Poetry Award. His other awards include the Canadian Authors Association Prize for Poetry and the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry (which he has won twice). Among his other books are The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry (2005) and Lazy Bastardism: Reviews and Essays on Contemporary Poetry (2012). He was guest editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Parnassus, The New Criterion, New American Writing, Drunken Boat,  Jacket,  and Poetry Review (UK). His poetry has also been included in Best American Poetry 2007. He lives in Montreal, where he is editor-at-large for The Walrus magazine and associate publisher for Véhicule Press, where he also edits their poetry.

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Journalist, feminist, novelist, teacher and activist, Susan Swan’s impact on the Canadian literary and political scene has been far-reaching. Her last novel, The Western Light, published in 2012, is a prequel to her best-known novel, The Wives of Bath, a Gothic tale about a murder in a girls’ boarding school. Neglected by her country doctor father, the young narrator Mouse Bradford turns to a dubious father substitute in The Western Light. This novel is currently being adapted for a TV mini-series; The Wives of Bath was made into the feature film Lost and Delirious, which starred Mischa Barton, Piper Parebo and Jessica Pare. The film premiered at Sundance and was shown in 32 countries. What Casanova Told Me was published by Knopf in Canada and in the US by Bloomsbury. It has also been published in Spain, Russia, Serbia and Portugal. When Swan was chair of The Writers' Union of Canada, she brought in a new benefits deal for writers. What Casanova Told Me is a saucy new take on Casanova, the lover who reputedly used women like Kleenex. Wrong, says Swan, who portrays Casanova as an early feminist. What Casanova Told Me was published in Canada, the US, Spain, Russia, Serbia and Portugal. Swan’s other novels include The Biggest Modern Woman of the World (about a Canadian Giantess who exhibited with P.T. Barnum) and The Last of the Golden Girls (about the sexual awakening of young women). The Biggest Modern Woman of the World is being adapted for stage by playwright Hannah Moscovitch. In 2000, Swan was awarded York University’s Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies. Her story collections are Stupid Boys Are Good to Relax with and Unfit for Paradise. Swan’s books have been nominated for numerous literary prizes in Canada and abroad.  
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S. Swan

Miriam Toews has published six novels and one work of nonfiction. Her debut novel, Summer of My Amazing Luck (1996), was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and won the John Hirsch Award. This success was followed by A Boy of Good Breeding (1998) which received the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. Her hugely successful novel, A Complicated Kindness (2004), was a Giller Prize Finalist and won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. In 2006, A Complicated Kindness was also selected as the official winner of the CBC’s Canada Reads competition. Toews has written for the CBC, This American Life (on National Public Radio), Saturday Night, Geist, Canadian Geographic, Open Letters and The New York Times Magazine, and she has won the National Magazine Award Gold Medal for Humour. The Flying Troutmans, released in 2008, won the Roger’s Writers Trust Fiction Prize and was also longlisted for the Orange Prize. Toews published Irma Voth in 2011, and her most recent novel, All My Puny Sorrows (2014), won the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction prize and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Miriam Toews

Jane Urquhart is an internationally-celebrated novelist and poet with eight novels, four collections of poetry, one short-story collection, and a collection of non-fiction essays to her credit. Her first novel, The Whirlpool (1986), received Le prix du meilleur livre étranger (Best Foreign Book Award) in France; Away (1993) won the Trillium Award and was a finalist for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Underpainter (1997) received the Governor General’s Award and was also a finalist for the Rogers Communications Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; The Stone Carvers (2001), which was a finalist for The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, was also longlisted for the Booker Prize; A Map of Glass (2005) was a finalist for a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. Her work has been translated into multiple foreign languages and garnered her honorary doctorates from several Canadian universities. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2007, she was the editor of the Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, and in 2009 she published a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery as part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians Series. Her most recent works are the novels Sanctuary Line (2010) and The Night Stages (2015) and the collection of essays A Number of Things (2016). Jane Urqhart

Phoebe Wang is a writer and educator based in Toronto, Canada and a first-generation Chinese-Canadian. She graduated with a B.A. in Honours English at York University and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. Her debut collection of poetry, Admission Requirements (McClelland and Stewart, 2017) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lambert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and nominated for the Trillium Book Award. She has also been known as an editor, reviewer, interview, mentor, teacher, and community organizer. Currently she works as a Writing and Learning Consultant for ELL students at OCAD University, where she also facilitates The Mighty Pen, a writing group for BIPOC-identifying students.   Wang Phoebe Feb 2020
Michael Winter has written five novels, two collections of short stories, and a work of nonfiction. His first novel, This All Happened (2000) won the inaugural Winterset Award and was nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. The Big Why (2004) was chosen as one of the Top 100 books of 2004 by the Globe and Mail, selected as an editor's pick for's 25 literary books of the year worldwide, and shortlisted for both the Trillium Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. The Architects Are Here (2007) was nominated for the Giller Prize. The Death of Donna Whalen (2010), a work of documentary fiction, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Minister Without Portfolio was a Canada Reads finalist. His fiction has won the CBC Literary Prize and appeared in the Walrus, in the annual Best Canadian Stories, and it has been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. In 2008, he was presented with the Writers’ Trust Notable Author Award in honour of his body of work. His most recent book, Into the Blizzard, sets out to retrace the steps of the Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War. Winter grew up in Newfoundland and now lives in Toronto. He has been on faculty with the Banff May Studios, taught with the University of New Orleans summer program in Madrid, Spain, been a juror for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, held the Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence position at the University of Toronto, and now teaches in the Guelph creative writing MFA program. M. Winter


Authors who have served as Adjunct Faculty (Mentors) in the Field of Creative Writing Program  

Margaret Atwood is the internationally acclaimed author of more than thirty books whose work as a poet, novelist, literary critic, and social historian has transformed contemporary conceptions of Canadian culture. A Companion of the Order of Canadian, she is the recipient of numerous honours, such as The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the UK, the National Arts Club Medal of Honour for Literature in the US, Le Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and the inaugural London Literary Prize; she has also received honourary degrees from universities across Canada, and from Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of Ireland and the University of Leeds in England. Her novels include The Edible Woman (1969); The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) and Cat’s Eye (1988), both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride (1993); Alias Grace (1996), winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Blind Assassin (2000), winner of the Booker Prize, and Oryx and Crake (2003), a Booker Prize and Governor General’s Award nominee. Atwood’s most recent novels, The Penelopaid (2005) and The Year of the Flood (2009) were both long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the latter also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award.
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Margaret Atwood

Linda Griffiths was a prolific playwright with a unique vision. Her work as an actor and writer was awarded five Dora Mavor Moore awards, a Gemini award, two Chalmer's awards, the Quizanne International Festival Award, a Betty Mitchell award and Los Angeles' A.G.A. award for her performance in John Sayles' film, Lianna (1983). She studied at the National Theatre School and began her career with Saskatoon's 25th Street Theatre before joining up with Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. Her works included The Darling Family (1991), The Duchess (1998), Jessica (1987), and Alien Creature: A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen (1999). Her more recent plays included the widely produced Age of Arousal (2007), and her solo show, The Last Dog of War (2009), produced at the ATP in 2010.  

Linda Griffiths passed away in 2014.

Linda Griffiths

Goldberry Long is the author of the novel Juniper Tree Burning (Simon and Schuster 2001). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is the recipient of the Stegner Fellowship, the James Michener Fellowship, and the Hackney Award for the First Novel. An experienced fiction instructor, she has taught at Stanford, the University of Iowa, and New Mexico State University. She is finishing her second novel, The Kingdom of No.

Goldberry Long

Lee Maracle was the author of a number of award-winning and critically acclaimed literary works, including Sojourners and Sundogs (novel and short stories), Ravensong (novel), Bobbi Lee (autobiographical novel), Daughters Are Forever (novel), Will’s Garden (young adult novel), Bent Box (poetry), I Am Woman, Memory Serves, Celia’s Song, Talking to the Diaspora (poetry) and My Conversations with Canadians (non-fiction). She was the co-editor of a number of anthologies, including the award-winning publication My Home As I Remember (anthology). She was also co-editor of Telling It: Women and Language across Culture. Maracle was published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. Maracle was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Sto: Loh nation. The mother of four and grandmother of seven, Maracle was an instructor at the University of Toronto. She was also the Traditional Teacher for First Nations House. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle was a Senior Fellow at Massey College. She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth. Maracle served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. Maracle also received three teaching awards. Maracle was the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2016 recipient of the Ann Green Award, and she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Lee Maracle passed away in 2021.

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David Adams Richards is one of Canada’s most compelling writers. He has been writer-in-residence at universities in New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta and at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. He is one of only three writers in the history of the Governor General's Award to win in both the fiction (Nights Below Station Street, 1988) and non-fiction (Lines on the Water, 1998) categories. His work has also won countless regional awards and he was awarded the prestigious Canada-Australia Literary Prize in 1992. He received Governor General’s Award nominations for his novels Road to the Stilt House (1985), For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down (1993), and Mercy Among the Children (2000), which was co-winner of the Giller Award and was also shortlisted for the Trillium Award and the Thomas Raddall Award. He has adapted a number of his novels for the small screen; his teleplay Small Gifts (1994) and his screen adaptation of For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down (1996) were both winners of the Gemini Award. In 2009, he became a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to the Canadian literary scene as an essayist, screenwriter and writer of fiction and non-fiction". David Adams Richards

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