Keeping up with the accomplishments of our graduates can be a full time job, but it’s worth taking a moment to note the diverse and consistently inspiring work of our MFA faculty…
Dionne Brand turned her attention from poetry back to prose last year with the release of a new novel, Love Enough (Knopf, 2014). Check out her CBC radio interviews on The Next Chapter and Metro Morning.
Catherine Bush’s recent novel Accusation (Goose Lane, 2013) was longlisted for Canada Reads and featured as a Now magazine and Amazon.ca best book of the year. Read Madeleine Thein’s thoughtful Globe and Mail review.
Karen Connelly was recognized with a National Magazine Award for her poem ‘The Speed of Rust, or He Marries’, and also published the poetry collection Come Cold River (Quattro Books, 2013). Read Esther Griffin’s commentary in Prism.
Russell Smith’s memoir Blindsided launched the Canadian Writers Group e-book imprint this past year, and his forthcoming short story collection, Confidence (Biblioasis) has already been tapped as one of Mark Medley’s most anticipated books of 2015.
Judith Thompson recently performed in her own play, 'Watching Glory Die', about the murder-by-negligence of Ashley Smith in the custody of Corrections Canada. In collaboration with nine wheelchair users, she created and directed 'Borne,' which premiered at Soulpepper Theatre in the summer of 2014, and in September 2014 she also directed the groundbreaking play 'Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week.'
Michael Winter’s novel, Minister Without Portfolio (Hamish Hamilton) cracked the Giller Prize longlist in 2013. In addition, his first foray into nonfiction, Into The Blizzard (Doubleday, 2014), was a Globe and Mail best book of the year. Read his Globe interview.