Rosemary Nixon: 2014 Writer in Residence

September 1 to November 30, 2014

Rosemary Nixon

Rosemary Nixon is a prize-winning writer of fiction. Her stories have appeared in literary magazines across the country as well as in numerous anthologies. 

Her first collection of interconnected short fiction, Mostly Country, was published by NeWest Press under their Nunatak imprint: especially selected works of outstanding fiction by new western writers.  It was shortlisted for the Howard O’Hagan Award.  Her second collection, The Cock’s Egg, won the Howard O’Hagan Award and a short story from the collection, “Vampa Falls” won Grain Magazine’s Short Fiction Competition.  Her third book, a novel, Kalila, was published to critical acclaim in 2011 and was longlisted for the Relit Award and shortlisted for the Georges Bugnet Award.  Rosemary’s fourth work of fiction, Are You Ready To Be Lucky? was released in September 2013 to further critical acclaim. The book is being praised as “positively kinetic, hilarious, charging, filled with gorgeous language and a fierceness of description. Nixon devastates the reader through the loveliest of prose”. It is long listed for the Forewards BOTYA Book of the Year Award and the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Collection Award.  

Rosemary is well-known as a dynamic teacher of creative writing.  She has taught classes for years at the University of Calgary, Chinook College, as well as three summers at Sage Hill Writing Experience in Saskatchewan. Rosemary also teaches private classes, fine-tuning each to the particular group’s needs.  She is an outstanding highly-valued freelance editor, and has edited the stories, poetry, non-fiction, and novels of many Canadian writers, working closely with writers on style, language, and form. She has worked for years as a freelance consultant for the Calgary Board of Education, teaching teachers how to teach writing creatively to their students, and then working extensively in their classrooms.

Rosemary has considerable experience as a writer in residence.  She has held the position for the University of Calgary’s Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program (1996 – 1997), for the University of Windsor (2010-2011), for the Canadian Authors Association for Southern Alberta (2012 – 2013), and most recently for the Saskatoon Public Library (2013 – 2014).

Rosemary has judged numerous literary competitions including the Grant MacEwan Competition, the CBC Short Story Contest, the Brenda Strathern Late Bloomer’s Award, the Georges Bugnet Award and the Writers Union of Canada Short Story Competition. She has hosted many Canadian and international writers in her hometown of Calgary.