Darryl Whetter

Dr. Darryl Whetter is the author of 4 books of fiction and 2 poetry collections. His collection of stories, A Sharp Tooth in the Fur, was named to The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books of 2003. His debut novel, The Push & the Pull, was released in Spring 2008. Origins, his 2012 collection of poems, concerns energy, evolution and extinction as they can be observed at Joggins, Nova Scotia. Professor Whetter edited the nomination dossier of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs in their successful bid for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. He has published nearly 20 stories in journals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Stories, The Fiddlehead, PRISM, Prairie FireThe New Quarterly and Best Asian Short Stories 2020. In 2021, he won the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award.

Darryl holds a PhD in English from UNB and has published or presented papers on contemporary literature in France, Sweden, Canada, Germany, the United States, India, Singapore, Australia and Iceland. Nearly 100 of his commissioned book reviews have appeared in venues such as The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Vancouver Sun, The Montreal Gazette, The Globe and Mail, and Detroit’s Metro Times. Darryl Whetter has been a professor of English and Creative Writing at various universities in Canada and was the coordinator of the creative writing program at Dalhousie from 2008-2010. In the mid-2000s, he was a regular panelist on the national CBC Radio program “Talking Books.”

His most recent book is the anthology Teaching Creative Writing in Asia, from Routledge (2021)



Teaching Creative Writing in Asia. Ed. Dr. Darryl Whetter. Studies in Creative Writing Ser., Routledge, 2021. 206 pp.

Our Sands: A Novel. Penguin Random-House. March 2020/Feb. 2021.

Search Box Bed: Poems. Kingsville, ON: Palimpsest Press, 2017. 73 pp.

Keeping Things Whole: A Novel. Halifax: Nimbus, 2013.  SSHRC-funded.

Origins: Poems. Kingsville, ON: Palimpsest Press, 2012. SSHRC-funded.

The Push & the Pull: A Novel. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2008.

A Sharp Tooth in the Fur: Stories. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2003.


  • Winner, Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award ($1250+)
  • Short-Listed, $2000 The Fiddlehead 2021 Creative Nonfiction Contest
  • Long-Listed, $1000 2021 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, The New Quarterly
  • Long-Listed, $15,000 University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize
  • Short-Listed for the Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award, Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs, 2015
  • Long-Listed for a CBC Short Story Prize from 3000 applications. 2012
  • Short-listed for a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Award Visiting Research Chair in Creative Writing (New York University), 2010
  • 100 Top Books of 2003, The Globe and Mail [For A Sharp Tooth]

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