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Merna Summers

Merna Summers

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Merna Summers was born in Alberta, and was a reporter and freelance journalist before turning to fiction. She has been active in The Writers' Union (as National Council member and second vice-president) and in the Writers' Guild of Alberta. She visited China in 1987 as a member of the Canadian Writers' Delegation. She has also been writer in residence at the University of Alberta, the Winnipeg Public Library, the St. Albert Public Library, and has been on the faculty of the Banff Centre's Writing Program and Saskatchewan's Sage Hill Writing Experience, among others. She has been a fellow at Hawthorden Castle, Scotland; Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain; and Kalani Honva Retreat Center, Island of Hawaii. Her works in progress are, A Whole Bunch of Us Angels, and Poet Laureate of the Zoo (a book of verse for children).


North of the Battle. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1988.
Calling Home. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1982.
The Skating Party. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1974.


Marian Engel Award, 1989.
Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, 1979.
Writers' Guild of Alberta awards, for best book of short fiction, 1983 and 1989.
Ohio State Award, 1968.
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