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A. S. Penne

A. S. Penne

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A.S. Penne is the author of the creative nonfiction memoir Old Stones (Touchwood Editions, Horsdal & Schubart, Victoria2002). Her writing has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the UK’s Ian St. James Award (1996, 1994), the Writers’ Digest award (1994), and the Prairie Fire Creative Non-fiction Contest (1999). Her journalism has appeared in Explore, Western Living, and Cross Country Skier, among others, and has been a finalist in the Western Magazine Awards (2000). Penne has an MFA from UBC and writes both fiction and nonfiction as well as for the stage. Reckoning, her most recent book (Turnstone Press, Winnipeg,2008) is a collection of short fiction.

Penne has been a participant at both the Banff Writing Studio and the Iowa Writers Workshop. Born and raised in BC, she has made her home in various places during her writing career, from London to Sacramento, Glasgow to Montreal.

Currently a resident of BC's Sunshine Coast, Penne facilitates creative writing workshops for both private groups and literary arts festivals. For more information please see her website at

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A Year of Coming Home (in "Everything is So Political"). 2013, Roseway Publishing
Once A Soldier (stageplay). 2011, Ryga: A Journal of Provocations
Fraser Canyon Summers (in "Imagining British Columbia"). 2008, Anvil Press
Old Stones: The Biography of a Family. 2002, Victoria, BC: Horsdal & Schubart (TouchWood Editions)
Homing Instinct (in "Pleasure Vessels"). 1997, Angela Royal Publishing, London
The Possibility of Jack (in "Brought to Book"). 1996, Harper Collins, London


Finalist, Western Magazine Awards for "Dark Journey", 2000
Access Copyright Arts Grant, 2011
Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner for Prairie Fire (Vol. 20, No. 3), 1999
Winner, Ian St. James Awards (Kent, UK) for The Possibility of Jack, 1994
BC Arts Council Award, 2008
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