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Carissa Halton

Carissa Halton

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While I'm currently focusing my writing energies on a historical novel, for the past decade my publishing credits have been in non-fiction. I have a particular interest in profiles and creative non-fiction, and my writing about urban culture, politics and design has appeared in many publications including: Today’s Parent, Alberta Venture, Eighteen Bridges and Azure. I am a contributor to the anthologies In This Together and Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose, and have moonlighted as a CBC Edmonton AM summer travel columnist.   While living in a notorious neighbourhood in Edmonton, I was often asked, "Why would you live there?" In answer, I wrote my debut book, Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood.  Through the stories of my family and neighbours, I explore justice and injustice in city life.   When not writing, I have worked broadly as an inner-city non-profit managing director, a political advisor to government ministers, a facilitator and communications consultant.    

Email:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada
City:
Edmonton
Province:
Alberta
Genre:
Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood. 2018, University of Alberta Press

Awards

Gold - National Magazine Award for Eighteen Bridges, 2015
Gold - Alberta Magazine Award for Eighteen Bridges, 2015
Finalist for Edmonton Book Prize for Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes