Nathan Adler, MFA 2020


Nathan Adler is author of Wrist, and Ghost Lake (Kegedonce Press), and co-editor of Bawaajigan ~ Stories of Power (Exile Editions), he has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, is recipient of an Indigenous Voices Award, and a Hnatyshyn Reveal award, and teaches Creative Writing at Kwantlen University. He is Jewish and Anishinaabe, and a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation. 

What’s your latest published/performed work?

An inter-related short story collection called Ghost Lake, published by Kegedonce Press Dec 31st 2020

What are your most recent awards?

Ghost Lake won an Indigenous Voices Award, for Published English Prose in June 2021
Ghost Lake, shortlisted for a First Nation Communities Read Award, Sept. 2021
Ghost Lake was a finalist for the 2021 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award
Gawiin Gego won an Experimental Audio Award, ImagiNative Festival Oct. 2020
Love After The End, won a 2021 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Anthology (I have a short story called “Abacus” in this Anthology)

Are you connected to any creative writing communities you’d like to mention (UBC alums, film and theatre communities, etc)?

Have been asked to teach a class at Kwantlen University called “Writing for Horror” starting in January 2022
Contributing member of the Bawaadan Collective of filmmakers
Was recently on a jury for the Vine Awards
formerly on the Toronto Arts Council Literary Committee

How did your time in the Creative Writing Program influence your work?

My short story collection was written before/during and after my time at UBC, and a lot of writing craft that I learned was used in writing this book. I have many other writing projects that I began writing at UBC that I would like to finish.



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