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Monica Kidd

Monica Kidd

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Monica Kidd is the author of seven books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She grew up in rural Alberta, then studied ecology and zoology at the University of Calgary. She followed with a MSc in evolutionary biology at Queen's University. After two summers of working as a seabird biologist on the coast of Labrador, she moved to Newfoundland where she worked as a reporter for CBC Radio for several years before heading back to school to do medicine. She is currently a family doctor in Calgary, where she lives and writes with her husband and three kids. From 2018-202, she was Acquisitions Manager at Pedlar Press.



Chance Encounters with Wild Animals. 2019, Gaspereau Press
The Year of our Beautiful Exile. 2015, Gaspereau Press
Handfuls of Bone. 2012, Gaspereau Press
Any Other Woman: An Uncommon Biography. 2008, NeWest Press
Actualities. 2007, Gaspereau Press
The Momentum of Red. 2004, Raincoast Books
Beatrice. 2001, Turnstone Press


Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, shortlisted for Chance Encounters with Wild Animals, 2019
Alberta Magazine Publishers’ Association Awards, Finalist (Fiction), 2018
National Magazine Award (Silver — Profile), 2014
Shortlisted for a Western Magazine Award (Human Experience Category), 2014
First Place for poetry, CMAJ/ARS Medica writing contest, 2011
First Place, Geist Magazine’s Jackpine Sonnet Contest, 2010
First Prize in Special Radio Program, The Gracie Awards, 2006
Finalist in Radio - Environment, New York Festivals, 2005
Feature (Radio), Atlantic Journalism Awards, 2005
Finalist, In-Depth Radio), Society for Environmental Journalism, 2005
Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs’ Distinguished Public Education Award for Science Reporting, 2003
Continuing Coverage (Radio), Atlantic Journalism Awards, 2002
Entertainment (Radio), Atlantic Journalism Awards , 2002
Finalist, Radio Drama, New York Festivals, 2002
Honorable Mention - Investigative Reporting, Radio Television Digital News Association, 2002
Spot News (Radio), Atlantic Journalism Awards, 2001
Continuing Coverage (Radio), Atlantic Journalism Awards, 2001
Feature (Radio), Atlantic Journalism Awards, 2001
Continuing Coverage (Radio), Atlantic Journalism Awards, 2000
Health Reporting Award, Canadian Nursing Association, 2000
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