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Irena F. Karafilly

Irena F. Karafilly

Irena F. Karafilly is a Montreal writer and journalist. She obtained an M.A. in English from McGill and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her work has been broadcast, anthologized, and published in both literary and consumer magazines, and in newspapers such as the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Her short fiction has won prestigious prizes; her memoir, "The Stranger in the Plumed Hat", was Pamela Wallin's No. 1 pick in September 2000 and was shortlisted for two literary awards. She is currently at work on a novel.



The Captive Sun., December 2012
The Stranger in the Plumed Hat. Toronto: Penguin, 2000.
Ashes and Miracles. Toronto: Malcolm Lester Books, 1998.
Night Cries. Ottawa, ON: Oberon, 1990.
Toronto Short Stories. contrib. Doubleday
Canadian Short Stories. contrib. Oxford UP


National Magazine Award (Gold) for Fiction for "Family Portrait."
First Prize - CBC Literary Award for "Hoodlums."
Second Prize for Short Fiction - Chatelaine Literary Contest.
Shortlisted, $10,000 Writers' Trust Prize for "The Stranger in the Plumed Hat."
Shortlisted, Torgi Award for "The Stranger in the Plumed Hat."
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: