Anne Simpson

BIOGRAPHY
 

Anne Simpson has been a writer-in-residence at the University of British Columbia, the Saskatoon Public Library, the Medical Humanities Program at Dalhousie University, and the University of New Brunswick, among others. She has also been a faculty member at the Banff Centre.

She writes novels, poetry, and essays. Four of her ten books have been Globe & Mail Best Books. Her short fiction has been awarded the Journey Prize, while her third novel, Speechless, won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her second poetry collection, Loop, was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also written two books of essays. The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness explores poetry, art, and empathy, while Experiments in Distant Influence: Notes and Poems looks at friendship, courage, and community.

PUBLICATIONS

Speechless (Novel), Freehand, 2020

Experiments in Distant Influence: Notes and Poems (Essays), Gaspereau, 2020

Is (Poems), McClelland & Stewart, 2011

The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness (Essays), Gaspereau, 2009

Falling (Novel), McClelland & Stewart, 2008

Quick (Poems), McClelland & Stewart, 2007

Loop (Poems), McClelland & Stewart, 2003

Canterbury Beach (Novel), Penguin, 2001

Light Falls Through You (Poems), McClelland & Stewart, 2000

AWARDS

Winner of the 2020 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for Speechless.

Longlisted for the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Falling.

Winner of the 2009 Dartmouth Fiction Award for Falling.

Winner of the 2008 Pat Lowther Poetry Award for Quick.

Finalist for the 2008 Atlantic Poetry Prize for Quick.

Winner of the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize for Loop.

Finalist for the 2003 Governor-General’s Award, Poetry, for Loop.

Nominated for the Pushcart Prize XXIX for Loop.

Finalist for the 2002 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for Canterbury Beach.

Winner of the 2001 Atlantic Poetry Prize for Light Falls Through You.

Winner of the 2001 Gerald Lampert Award for Light Falls Through You.

Finalist for the 2001 Pat Lowther Award for Light Falls Through You.

Winner of the 1999 Bliss Carman Poetry Award.

Winner of the 1997 Journey Prize (shared with Gabriella Goliger) for “Dreaming Snow.”


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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, participant-to-participant) feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at communications@writers.ns.ca