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Michael Redhill

Photo: Alex Thiltges 2009

Michael Redhill was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1966, but has lived in Toronto most of his life. Educated in the United States and Canada, he took seven years to complete a three-year BA in acting, film, and finally, English. Since 1988, he has published five collections of poetry, had eight plays of varying lengths performed, and been a cultural critic and essayist. He has worked as an editor, a ghost-writer, an anthologist, a scriptwriter for film and television, and in leaner times, as a waiter, a house-painter, and a bookseller. Currently, he is the publisher and one of the editors of Brick, a journal of things literary. His most recent books are Fidelity, a collection of short fiction, from Doubleday Canada, Martin Sloane, a novel from Doubleday Canada (nominated for the Giller Prize, 2001, The Trillium Prize, 2001, The Torgi Award, 2002, The City of Toronto Book Awards, 2002, The Books in Canada/ Best First Novel Prize 2002, and winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean 2001), Light-crossing, a collection of poetry from Toronto’s House of Anansi Press, and Building Jerusalem, a play, from Playwrights’ Union Press, (winner of the 2001 Dora Prize for Best New Play, recipient of a Chalmers Award for Playwriting 2001, and nominated for a Governor General’s Award 2001). His new play, Goodness premiered at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in November 2005, and in August 2006, it played for two weeks at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe. There it won a “Fringe First Award,” and also won the prestigious Carole Tambor Best of Edinburgh prize, which is an award of a two week performance of the play at P.S. 122 in New York City. The play opened New York in March 2007. Goodness was published by Coach House Press in 2005 and his novel, Consolation came out with Doubleday Canada in the fall of 2006. In 2007, it won the City of Toronto Book Award and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2012, he revealed he is the author of the books of Inger Ash Wolfe. He lives with his partner and two sons in Toronto. His website is You can also follow him on twitter @michaelhredhill

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Music For Silence, poems. Self-published, 1985
Martin Sloane. Doubleday Canada, 2001
Impromptu Feats of Balance, poems. Wolsak and Wynn, 1989
Fidelity, Short Stories. Doubleday Canada, 2003
Consolation. Doubleday Canada, 2006
The Calling (as Inger Ash Wolfe). McClelland & Stewart, 2008
The Taken (as Inger Ash Wolfe). McClelland & Stewart, 2009
A Door in the River (as Inger ash Wolfe). McClelland & Stewart, 2012
Lake Nora Arms, poems. Coach House Press, House of Anansi, 1993, reprinted 2001
Asphodel, poems. McClelland & Stewart, 1997
Light-crossing. House of Anansi Press, 2001
Building Jerusalem, a play. Playwrights Canada Press, 2001
Goodness, a play. Coach House Books, 2005


City of Toronto Book Award for Consolation, 2007 in Canada First Novel Prize for Martin Sloane, 2002
Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean for 2002, Martin Sloane
Chalmers Award for Building Jerusalem, 2001
Dora Award, Best New Play for Building Jerusalem, 2000
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