Creative Nonfiction Instructor: Karen Connelly
Karen Connelly is the author of ten books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Much of her work explores exile, dissident politics, and linguistic immersion, particularly in Burma, Thailand, and Greece, though her most recent collection of poetry Come Cold River confronts both familial and political legacies of violence against Canadian women and children.
She is the author of the acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage, winner of Britain’s Orange Broadband New Writers Prize, Touch the Dragon, winner of the Governor General’s Award, Burmese Lessons, a love story, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the BC National Award for Nonfiction. She has also won the Pat Lowther Award and a Gold National Magazine Award for poetry. Her journalism, essays and poetry have been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Toronto Star, The Walrus, The New Humanist (Britain), Drawbridge (Britain), National Geographic Traveller (U.S.), Shambhala Sun, and dozens of literary magazines and periodicals in Canada, the U.S., Britain, and Asia.
Karen Connelly has long been a supporter and an occasional board member of PEN Canada and has been active in various campaigns on behalf of writers in prison or living under persecution. Though recent travels have taken her to Morocco, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, and Greece, she makes her home in Toronto with her family.