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Robyn Read

Professor

Email: robyn.read@sheridancollege.ca

Robyn Read is a Professor of Writing and Publishing in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

She started work in the publishing industry in 2009 as the Acquiring Editor for Freehand Books, a boutique Calgary literary press publishing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. In 2012, she moved to the mountains to be the Managing Editor of the Banff Centre Press, publishing digital stories and anthologies of work developed in programs and residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and providing editorial support for live conversations with artists, Banff Centre Talks. She has worked in a freelance capacity for a number of presses, organizations, and literary agents over the years, and has experience consulting on and editing novels, short fiction, graphic literature, poetry, memoir and creative nonfiction, academic and business writing, science and speculative fiction, and even a bit of romance. Books that she acquired and edited have won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year, McNally Robinson Book of the Year, the CBC Bookie for Best Comic or Graphic Novel, have been in the Globe and Mail top 100 books of the year, and have been nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Robyn herself won the 2013 Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence.

Also an accomplished scholar, Robyn received her PhD in English from the University of Calgary in 2010, where her dissertation focused on collections, the figure of the collector, and the act of collecting in contemporary Canadian fiction. While at the U of C, she also studied creative writing pedagogy, and has taught and developed college and university courses in Creative Writing, Academic Writing, Communications, and Canadian Literature (including The City in Canadian Fiction and Canadian Dystopic Fiction). She has guest lectured, participated on panels, and delivered workshops on publishing, editing, and creative writing for a variety of institutions and associations including Grant MacEwan University, the University of Lethbridge, Mount Royal University, the Humber School for Writers, the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP); a member of the founding committee of CCWWP, she sat on the Board of Directors from 2010–2012. Her current research is on the strategy of storytelling for new (and non-) writers, and she develops and teaches workshops on this subject with her Sheridan colleague Myles Bartlett.

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