David Huebert


A Halifax-born writer and educator, David Huebert’s work has won the CBC Short Story Prize, The Walrus Poetry Prize, and has received two honourable mentions from the National Magazine Awards. David’s fiction debut, Peninsula Sinking, won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (fiction), was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize, and was runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. His poetry debut, We Are No Longer The Smart Kids In Class, appeared in 2015. David’s poems and stories have been published in magazines such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly, and Canadian Notes & Queries. His chapbook, Full Mondegreens (with Andy Verboom) won the Frog Hollow Chapbook contest in 2016. In 2018, David completed his PhD at Western University, where his research focused on human-animal love in American literature. In fall 2020, he will publish his second book of poems, Humanimus, with Palimpsest. David lives in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) where he teaches and writes.


Peninsula Sinking. Short fiction collection published by Biblioasis, October 24th 2017. ISBN: 9781771961929. 204 pages.

  • Positive reviews in Quill & Quire, Atlantic Books Today, The Puritan, and others.
  • Winner of 2018 Jim Connors Prize for Fiction (Atlantic Book Awards)
  • Shortlisted for the 2018 Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize (Atlantic Book Awards)
  • Runner-up for 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award (Writers’ Union of Canada)
  • Featured on CBC’s As it Happens and The Next Chapter
  • Ontario and East Coast Book tour and multiple festival appearances

Humanimus. Poetry collection, forthcoming (fall 2020). 


We Are No Longer The Smart Kids In Class. Poetry collection published by Guernica Editions, November 2015. ISBN: 9781550719574. 63 pages.

  • Positive reviews in Broken Pencil, The Toronto Guardian, and The Rusty Toque



CBC Short Story Prize winner, 2016; Danuta Gleed Award runner-up, 2018; National Magazine Award finalist, 2018 & 2019; Jim Connor Dartmouth Book Award winner, 2018

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