About At the Edge Cover

Project Coordinators/Publishers

Marjorie Anderson, PhD

Dropped Threads Covers Marjorie Anderson taught Twentieth Century literature, writing, and communication at the University of Manitoba. During that time, she also worked as a communication consultant specializing in the areas of interpersonal communication, mediation, and facilitation. Along with Carol Shields, she developed the concept for and edited the national best-selling Dropped Threads anthologies, published by Random House Canada, and now works as a freelance editor and a teacher of creative and personal writing. Her short stories and personal essays have been published in literary journals and anthologies.

Marjorie and Deborah Schnitzer collaborated as co-chairs in the creation of the inaugural Carol Shields Symposium on Women’s Writing at the University of Winnipeg in May of 2009. She and husband Gary live in Winnipeg and enjoy the blessings of family and a cottage on a tranquil Manitoba lake.

Deborah Schnitzer, PhD

An Unexpected Break in the Weather and Gertude 
      Unmanageable Covers Deborah Schnitzer is Professor Emerita and National 3M Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg where she specialized in modernism, interarts analysis, picture books, and experiential learning. She is an award-winning co-editor of the collection The Madwoman in the Academy. Her creative writing includes the long poem Loving Gertrude Stein, and the novels Gertrude Unmanageable and An Unexpected Break in the Weather, which won the 2010 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. Deborah has worked with director Shelagh Carter on the short experimental films rifting/blue, resolve, Canoe, and Is It My Turn. Their feature film, Before Anything You Say, was released in September 2016, and Deborah is completing a fourth novel, the woman who swallowed West Hawk Lake, which explores the fragile and tormented understanding of two children exposed to official and unofficial German and Jewish narratives haunting a Canadian imagination and landscape.


Vanguard Authors for At the Edge

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

The Cure for Death by Lightning and Turtle Valley Covers Gail Anderson-Dargatz, whose fictional style has been coined as "Pacific Northwest Gothic" by the Boston Globe, has been published worldwide in English and in many other languages. A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lightning were international bestsellers, and were both finalists for the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada. The Cure for Death by Lightning won the UK’s Betty Trask Prize among other awards. Another novel, A Rhinestone Button, was a national bestseller in Canada and her first book, The Miss Hereford Stories, was short-listed for the Leacock Award for humour.

Gail currently teaches fiction, novel, and advanced novel in the creative writing MFA program at the University of British Columbia. She lives in the Shuswap, the landscape found in her latest bestselling novel, Turtle Valley, and so much of her other writing.

Visit her website at http://www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca.

Jack Hodgins

Spit Delaney's Island and The Master of Happy Endings 
      Covers Jack Hodgins’s novels and story collections include Spit Delaney’s Island, The Invention of the World, Innocent Cities, Broken Ground, and Damage Done by the Storm, amongst others. A Passion for Narrative (a guide to writing fiction) is used in classrooms and writing groups across Canada and Australia. His fiction has won the Governor General’s Award, the Canada-Australia Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, amongst others.

Jack has given readings, talks, and workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and several European countries. In 2006 he was awarded both the Terasen Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in British Columbia. In 2010 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. He and his wife Dianne live in Victoria, where, until recently, Jack taught the writing of fiction at the University of Victoria. His latest novel, The Master of Happy Endings was published in 2010.

Visit his website at http://www.jackhodgins.ca.


Selected Contributors for At the Edge

Ingeborg Boyens

Ingeborg Boyens has been a writer of non-fiction for most of her life. As a journalist for twenty-five years, she wrote for magazines, newspapers and television programs across Canada. She has written two award-winning books on food and farming issues, and was managing editor for 2007`s Encyclopedia of Manitoba. As part owner of a Winnipeg-based book publishing company, she has edited numerous non-fiction works. Her chapter for At the Edge is her first published piece of fiction.

Arwen Brenneman

Arwen Brenneman started an arts degree, finished a science degree, and now works as a birth educator and doula. She is too curious for her own good in the Internet age--and can go from mollusks to metaphysics--in an orgy of research, leaving her kids to wonder where she has been for days at a time. Her fiction has appeared in print in Storyteller and Lost in the Dark magazines, and her plays and poetry have been featured in small venues and contests in her hometown of Vancouver, B.C. Arwen is currently working on the second draft of a novel.

Ophelia Celine

Ophelia Celine writes both fiction and narrative non-fiction. She is particularly interested in the intersections between landscape, built culture and migration--what connects people to place. Over the past ten years she has worked as an architect, researcher, editor and writer in Cambridge, Genoa, and Berlin. Her writing has been published in Debats magazine.

Visit her website at http://opheliaceline.com.

K.W. Dyer

K.W. Dyer once aspired to a career in landscape gardening, but was tragically forced to seek a new profession, due to misericordia immodica erga lubricos (colloquially known as "excessive sympathy for earthworms"). Dyer currently resides in Vancouver, and spends more time than is healthy speculating about the end of the world. On occasion, Dyer has been known to light a candle before cursing the darkness. This is terribly useful for determining how far a one-eyed man could really see by firelight in a decaying library. Not all such research endeavours result in stories, but enough do to keep the inkwell dry.'

Kate Edwards

Kate Edwards is a graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Victoria and is currently completing her MFA through the Optional-Residency program at the University of British Columbia. Her poems have appeared in This Side of West and The Malahat Review. She has won or placed in various writing competitions, including the Okanagan Contest for short fiction and the Eden Mills Writers' Festival Poetry Contest. Kate lives in Kamloops, B.C.

Visit her website at http://www.katherinedwards.com.

Elissa Frittaion

Elissa Frittaion is thrilled to make her print debut with At The Edge. She began collaborative writing at the age of nine when she created alternating chapters of a fairy-tale series with her mother. She is a professional makeup artist who has written vast quantities of educational materials for the Vancouver Film School where she works as the curricular manager for the makeup department. She writes poetry and short stories, and has written articles for the Toronto-based website Alternavox.net. Elissa lives in a tiny Vancouver apartment with her husband Richard. She is currently working on her first novel.

Ryder Hawkins

Ryder Hawkins lives by the beat of a feral heart tempered with literature. He has great respect for the natural world and views dogs and horses as kindred souls. Raised by books and stories instead of wolves, but never fully weaned off a love for the wild, he turned out equal parts outdoorsman and man of letters. He lives in Vienna, Austria, on the outskirts of the city in a house full of books. An Irish setter lives there too. A novel composed on a Corona No. 3 is in the works.

Elaine Hayes

Elaine Hayes studied creative writing at the University of Calgary, and at the Humber School for Writers where, under the mentorship of Nino Ricci, she completed the manuscript of her novel White Margarine. She is a 2011 recipient of a Literary Arts Project grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of Canadian publications. Most recently, her award-winning short story "Cafeteria Mentality" was published in the December 2011 issue of Alberta Views, and her personal essay "Enduring the Goodness-of-Fit" was published in Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption. Elaine lives in Calgary with her husband Gary.

Visit her website at http://www.elainehayes.com.

Matthew Hooton

Matthew Hooton holds degrees in creative writing from the University of Victoria (BA) and Bath Spa University (MA). His first novel, Deloume Road, was published in 2010 by Knopf Canada and Jonathan Cape U.K. He has written creative non-fiction for venues such as the CBC, Geist, Reader's Digest and Monday Magazine. After years of working abroad as a freelance editor and writer, he now lives and writes on Vancouver Island and teaches creative writing part-time at the University of Victoria.

Blanche Howard

After Blanche finished university she married Bruce Howard, settled in the Okanagan Valley and raised three children. She articled with a firm of chartered accountants to become a C.A. When her husband was elected to parliament, they moved to Ottawa where she wrote her first novel. After another move to North Vancouver, she retired from accounting but not from writing. She has had six novels, one memoir, and more than twenty short stories and essays published. The Manipulator won the Canadian Booksellers' Award, and a full-length play adapted from the novel A Celibate Season, co-written with Carol Shields, was produced in Vancouver in 1990. Blanche and daughter Allison Howard edited the voluminous correspondence between Carol Shields and Blanche, which was published as A Memoir of Friendship. An e-book (novel), was published in 2010, and a new novel is in the hands of her agent.

Heather Jessup

Heather Jessup grew up in Vancouver and now lives in Halifax. Her first novel, The Lightning Field, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2011. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University and is currently a doctoral student in literature at the University of Toronto.

Visit her website at http://www.heatherjessup.ca.

Sarah Selecky

Sarah Selecky's debut collection, This Cake Is for the Party, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and was nominated for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She is also the creator of the groundbreaking online writing experience, Story Is a State of Mind. She divides her time between Toronto and the rest of the world.

Visit her website at http://www.sarahselecky.com.