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Myrna Kostash

Photo: Art Line Photography 2011

Myrna Kostash lives in Edmonton, Alberta where she works full-time as a writer of literary nonfiction - books, magazine articles, and radio documentaries - and as occasional lecturer and teacher of creative writing.

She is a past president of the Writers Guild of Alberta and Chair of The Writers Union of Canada. She is founder and past President of the Creative Nonfiction Collective. She has served as community representative on the Board of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta, and is a volunteer barista at The Carrot, a community arts cafe. She is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

When she is not travelling, she lives in a condo overlooking the North Saskatchewan River.

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Publications

The Next Canada: In Search of the Future Generation. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2000.
The Doomed Bridegroom: A Memoir. Edmonton, AB: NeWest, 1998.
Bloodlines: A Journey into Eastern Europe. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1993.
No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girls. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1987.
Long Way From Home: The Story of the Sixties Generation in Canada. Toronto: James Lorimer, 1980.
Reading the River: A Traveller's Companion to the North Saskatchewan River. Coteau, 2005
All of Baba's Children. NeWest Press, 1978; 1987
Letters From Kiev (translator). Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies; St Martin's Press, 1992
Desire and Taboo (contributor). Seal, 2007
The Frog Lake Reader. NeWest Press, 2009
Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium. University of Alberta Press, 2010

Awards

Queen's Jubilee medal for contribution to the arts, 2002.
Finalist, Shaughnessey Cohen Prize for Political Writing for The Next Canada: In Search of the Future Nation, 2001.
Writers' Guild of Alberta, best non-fiction for No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girls; Bloodlines: A Journey into Eastern Europe; Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium, 1994, 1988, 2011
Publishers Prize, Saskatchewan Book Awards for Reading the River: A Traveller's Companion to the North Saskatchewan River, 2006
City of Edmonton's Salute to Excellence Arts and Culture Hall of Fame, 2009
Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton book prize for Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium, 2011
short-listed Runciman Award U.K. for Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium, 2011
short list Kobzar Award for Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium, 2012
Writers Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award for a Writing Life, 2010
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