1 September 2012 - 31 May 2013
Marina Endicott was born in Golden, BC, and grew up in Nova Scotia and Toronto. She worked as an actor and director in Toronto before moving to London, England, where she began to write fiction. In 1984 she went west to Saskatoon, where she ran the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre for many years before going farther west to Mayerthorpe, Alberta, for her husband Peter Ormshaw's first posting with the RCMP. Marina edited the weekly paper in Mayerthorpe, and later in Cochrane, Alberta. She was Associate Dramaturge at the Playwrights Colony of the Banff Centre for five years, and ran the writing and readings program at the Cochrane Library for seven years. She has taught creative writing at the Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta, for the last six years.
Endicott's stories have been published in literary magazines and in anthologies, and have been short-listed for the Journey Prize and the Western Magazine Award. Her novel Open Arms was short-listed for the Amazon First Novel award in 2002, and serialized on CBC Radio's Between the Covers. Her long poem, The Policeman's Wife, some letters, about the killing of four Mounties in Mayerthorpe in 2005, was short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards in 2007. She has had three plays produced and served as the Playwrights Union's rep on the Public Lending Rights Commission. Her second novel, Good to a Fault, a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize, was a CBC Canada Reads contender and won the 2009 Commonwealth Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean. Her third novel, The Little Shadows, was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor General's Award.
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The Writer-in-Residence is also the recipient of the Sandy and Kay Pearson Distinguished Writer Award.
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