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Genni Gunn

Genni Gunn

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Genni Gunn is an author, musician and translator. Born in Trieste, she came to Canada as a child. Her thirteen published books include three novels, three short story collections, three poetry collections, and a collection of personal essays. As well, she has translated from Italian three collections of poems by two renowned Italian authors: Devour Me Too  and Traveling in the Gait of a Fox by Dacia Maraini, and Text Me by Corrado Calabrò. Gunn’s books have been translated into Italian and Dutch, her novel Tracing Iris was made into a film, and her opera libretto, Alternate Visions, was produced by Chants Libres (music by John Oliver). She lives in Vancouver, and is at work on a new novel set in Italy.

c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Fiction, Poetry, Translation, Libretto
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English, Translation from Italian


Permanent Tourists. 2020, Signature Editions
Text Me (translation of Dimmi Con SMS by Corrado Calabró). 2015, Signature Editions
Tracks: Journeys in Time and Place. 2013, Signature Editions
Solitaria (Longlisted for the Giller Prize 2011). 2010, Signature Editions
Faceless. 2007, Signature Editions
Alternate Visions (Opera Libretto). 2007, Chant Libres Production, Montreal
Hungers. 2002, Raincoast Books
Tracing Iris. 2001, Raincoast Books
Mating in Captivity. 1993, Quarry Press
Traveling in the Gait of a Fox (translation of Viaggiando Con Passo di Volpe by Dacia Maraini). 1992, Quarry Press
On the Road. 1991, Oberon Press
Thrice Upon a Time. 1990, Quarry Press
Devour Me Too (translation of Mangiami Pure by Dacia Maraini). 1987, Guernica Editions


Longlisted, The Scotiabank Giller Prize for Solitaria, 2011
Finalist, The Gerald Lampert Poetry Award for Mating in Captivity, 1993
Finalist, Best First Novel Canada/Caribbean Division for The Commonwealth Prize for Thrice Upon a Time, 1991
Finalist, The John Glassco Translation Award for Devour Me Too, 1987
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