Alumni Spotlight

We’d love to hear from you! If you are an Alumni or current student of the UBC Creative Writing program with something to share, we invite you to contact us with your news and successes. Send information to Andrew Gray

 

MFA Alessandra Naccarato wins CBC Poetry Prize

Congratulations to our MFA Alessandra Naccarato who has won the CBC Poetry Prize for Postcards for my Sister. The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers since 1979. Allessandra’s poem was selected from more than 2,400 English-language submissions this year. She wins $6000 as well as a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

MFA Alumna Eden Robinson Wins $50,000 Writer’s Trust Fellowship

 MFA alumna Eden Robinson has won the third Writer’s Trust Fellowship, intended to free writers substantially from financial concerns and provide a window in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible. The Writers’ Trust Fellowship comes with an award of $50,000.

The unrestricted Fellowship is awarded to a writer who has demonstrated exceptional creative ability and outstanding promise in their publications to date. You can read about the details here.

Alumni Nominations for the International Dublin Literary Award Longlist

MFA alumni Anosh Irani and Katherena Vermette  as well as BFA alumna Jen Sookfong Lee have been nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. Anosh has been nominated for her book The ParcelKatherena for The Break and Jen for The ConjoinedAll books were previously nominated for other awards.

The International Dublin Literary award is the world’s most valuable annual literary prize. Writers are nominated by libraries in 37 countries. The winner of the Award will receive €100,000. Our alumni are 3 of the 14 Canadian writers who made the longlist this year.

The shortlist will be announced in April 2018. The prize will will be announced by the Lord Mayor on the 13th of June 2018.

Marcus Youssef wins Siminovitch Prize

Congratulations to Marcus Youssef, MFA alumnus, who is the winner of the 2017 $100,000 Siminovitch Prize, Canada’s richest and most prestigious theatre award. The award includes a protégé element: each year’s winner chooses another artist to receive $25,000 of the total prize. Marcus selected theatre artist Christine Quintana (UBC Theatre BFA alumna) to share in his award.

Youssef is best known for writing and cowriting Winners and Losers (one of Neworld’s longest-running and most successful pieces), King Arthur’s Night, Leftovers, How Has My Love Affected You?, Ali & Ali, Chloe’s Choice, Everyone, Adrift, Peter Panties, Jabber, and A Line in the Sand.

Marcus recently taught for UBC Creative Writing in the Summer of 2017 and we interviewed him for the CRWR website when he was nominated for the award.

 

‘Protect your voice’- An Interview with Carleigh Baker, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Nominee

Carleigh Baker is a Cree-Metis/ Icelandic writer who lives as a guest on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Essays, PRISM International, Matrix, and The Journey Prize Anthology. She also writes reviews for the Globe and Mail, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Malahat Review. Baker is an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver editor at Joyland Magazine. Her debut story collection, Bad Endings (Anvil, 2017) won the 2017 City of Vancouver Book Award, and is a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award.

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Alumna Oana Avasilichioaei Wins Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation

We congratulate alumna Oana Avasilichioaei for winning her first Governor General’s Literary Award in 2017 with her translation Readopolis (Lectodôme, by Bertrand Laverdure). You can read the details here.

The Prize recognizes Canada’s best English and French books in 7 categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People’s Literature – Text, Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books and Translation (from French to English and vice-versa).

Winners receive a $25,000 prize.

‘I like to get to the guts of my characters.’ – An interview with Eden Robinson, nominee for the Giller Fiction Prize 2017

Eden Robinson is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations. Her novel Monkey Beach was nominated for The Giller Fiction Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. It received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her latest novel Son of a Trickster is also nominated for The Giller Fiction Prize. Eden is an alumna of the UBC Creative Writing MFA Program and we caught with her to speak about her the nomination, her novel, writing and her time at UBC.

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More Awards and Nominations for UBC Creative Writing Students, Alumni and Faculty

Joanne Arnott

The literary awards season continues and we congratulate MFA alumni Marcus Youssef (Theatre) and Peg Campbell (Film and New Media) as well as new adjunct professor Joanne Arnott (Literary Arts), who were honoured at the Mayor’s Arts Awards last night. The annual Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize 20 established and emerging artists from a diversity of communities. The recipients receive $3000 each.

MFA Carleigh Baker has won the City of Vancouver Book Award. The annual City of Vancouver Book Award has been recognizing authors of excellence of any genre since 1989. These authors contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents. The $3,000 prize is funded by the City’s Publishing Reserve, which was established in 1977 as a permanent legacy for Vancouver writers and publishers.

MFA alumna Oana Avasilichioaei was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award in the Translation category, French to English, for Readopolis. The winners will be announced on 1st of November 2017. The Governor General’s Literary Awards recognize great Canadian books. Winners receive a $25,000 prize.

Eden Robinson, MFA Alumna, Shortlisted for Giller Prize

Congratulations to Eden Robinson, Creative Writing MFA Alumna, for being shortlisted for the 2017 Giller Prize for her novel Son of a Trickster. Eden, a Haisla‎/‎Heiltsuk writer, lives in Kitimaat, BC. This her second nomination for the Giller: her novel, Monkey Beach, was shortlisted in 2000. The Giller Prize is Canada’s largest literary award, at $100,000. The winner will be announced November 20, 2017.

MFA Awards and Nominations

Congratulations to MFAs Carleigh Baker and Karla Comanda!

Karla Comanda is the winner of the Asian Canadian Writers Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award, based upon her poetry thesis and work with Professor Emerita Rhea Tregebov.  She has been featured in LitFest: Edmonton’s Nonfiction  Festival. Her works have appeared in Contemporary Verse 2: Poetry Lives Here, Glass Buffalo, and Paragon.


Carleigh Baker has been nominated for a Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, a $50,000 national award for her collection of short fiction Bad Endings. Carleigh is the founder of the Indigenous Reading Circle in Creative Writing and the fiction editor for Joyland. Bad Endings is also nominated for the Vancouver Book Award. The award announcement will be made November 14, 2017.