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photo by Curtis Comeau // curtiscomeau.com

I’m a National Magazine Awards winning writer whose stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, WIRED and more (see below). I am the founding editor of The Yards magazine (2014–2016) and UAlberta Business, and currently coauthoring a narrative nonfiction book for Simon & Schuster Canada. I live in Edmonton, where I sit on the boards of Canada’s only nonfiction festival, LitFest, and the celebrated magazine Eighteen Bridges. For journalism, creative nonfiction, freelance editing and speaking gigs, email me here.

Since starting as a film critic, I’ve become a generalist, writing on food, fashion, science, business, memoir and everything in between. From 2008 to 2012, I was an associate editor at Avenue magazine, where as a newly transplanted Edmontonian I discovered the anatomy of the city through storytelling. It was during this tenure—writing, editing, fact-checking and managing the magazine’s digital presence, everything centred around Edmonton—that I fell in love with Alberta Capital and its changing identity. In 2013, I was honoured with the city’s Northlands Emerging Artist of the Year award. That same year I served as the Edmonton Public Library’s Writer in Residence and began a weekly column for the local Metro Daily that lasted three years. Most recently, Avenue put me on its Top 40 Under 40 list.

In my not-so-secret other life, I rap(ped) under the moniker A.O.K., and wrote the book Amazing Cats, both of which I’m happy to tell you more about if you buy me a drink.

Download CV (Updated Nov '15)

Published In

NewYorker.com, RollingStone.com, The Guardian, WIRED, Reader’s Digest, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, enRoute, The Walrus, Hazlitt, South China Morning Post, Toronto Star, Modern Farmer, SHARP, Canadian Geographic, Azure, VICE Canada, Western Living, Avenue, Eighteen Bridges, Alberta Views, Swerve, Alberta Venture, WestJet Magazine, Kalimat, CANADALAND, University Affairs.

Awards

Gold, Best Alberta Story, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2017
Silver, Best Short Feature, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2017
Gold, Best Long Feature, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2017
Winner, Profile, Society of American Business Editors and Writers (Canada), 2016
Gold, Best Profile, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2016
Gold, Best Service: Lifestyle, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2016
Silver, Best Short Feature, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2016
Gold, Best Essay, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2015
Silver, Best Profile, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2015
Silver, Best Feature Writing, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2015
Silver, Editorial Shorts, CASE District VIII Communications Awards 2015
Avenue
magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, 2014
Gold, Best Profile, National Magazine Awards, 2014
Gold, Best Profile, Western Magazine Awards, 2014
Winner, Feature Writing, Professional Writers’ Association of Canada, 2014
Silver, Best Alberta Story, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2014
Gold, Best Profile, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2014
Gold, Best Essay, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2014
Northlands Emerging Artist of the Year, 2013
Gold, Best Alberta Story, Alberta Magazine Awards, 2012
Runner-up, Feature Writing, Professional Writers’ Association of Canada, 2012
Champion, Edmonton Story Slam, 2012, 2013 and 2015
Runner-up, Best Feature, Sex-Positive Journalism Awards, 2008