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J. Jill Robinson

Photo: Laura Vanags 2011

J. Jill Robinson, B.A., M.A. (Calgary), M.F.A. (Fairbanks). Born June 16, 1955 in Langley, B.C. Married to poet Steven Ross Smith; one son, born 1995, Emmett H Robinson Smith. Writer of fiction both short and long, and of creative non-fiction. 24th Writer-in-Residence, Saskatoon Public Library 2004-2005. Editor of Grain magazine 1995 – 1999. Teacher of English Literature and Creative Writing since 1985: University of Calgary; University of Saskatchewan; St. Peter's College, Muenster; SUNTEP, First Nations University of Canada. Writer in Residence for Southern Alberta Libraries in 2010-11, and for the Canadian Authors' Association, Alberta Branch, 2011-12.  Mentor for the Canada Council/ SWG for three years; Mentor for the Canada Council/AWG in 2012.  In 2009 her work was published by Event, Prairie Fire, subTerrain, The Antigonish Review, and the University of Windsor Review. Now lives in Banff, Alberta.  In 2011 her creative nonfiction work was published in Geist, and in the anthologies Slice Me Some Truth, and Somebody's Child.

Jill's first novel, More In Anger, was published by Thomas Allen in Spring 2012.

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Publications

Residual Desire. Coteau Books, 2003.
Eggplant Wife. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995.
Lovely in Her Bones. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1993.
Saltwater Trees. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1991.
More In Anger. Thomas Allen, 2012

Awards

Two Saskatchewan Book Awards for Residual Desire, 2003.
Howard O Hagan Prize for Short Fiction collection, Alberta Writers Guild for Lovely In Her Bones, 1993.
Co-winner, Event's non-fiction contest for "Finding Linnette", 1991.
Winner Prism International Fiction contest for "Amy", 1989.
Co-winner, Event's Creative Non-Fiction contest for "The Letter", 2008
Western Magazine Awards, 2

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