Author bio

Inspiration for the wandering soul

With award-winning author Gerard Collins

Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based writer, originally from Newfoundland, whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2013 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the 2014 NL Heritage and History Award, and has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. His short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the 2012 NL Book Award.

He's won numerous arts and letters awards for fiction, published in journals and anthologies, garnered unanimously positive reviews and arts grants, had his short stories taught in multiple university courses, and his first novel has been placed in high school learning resource centres across Newfoundland and Labrador.

A lecturer at Memorial University for nearly two decades and an occasional lecturer at University of New Brunswick, Gerard has a Ph.D. in American literature. He has also taught creative writing workshops across Atlantic Canada and, most recently, mentored at the prestigious Piper’s Frith writers' retreat, both the 2015 and 2016 WFNB Wordspring and the 2015 "The Write Stuff" event for over 100 high school students in the greater Saint John area. In February 2016, he hosted "A Winter's Tale" Writers' retreat in Saint John, as well as a Go and Write retreat in Lunenburg in Fall 2016.

As well, he regularly serves on juries of writing and granting competitions while mentoring poets and writers who show great promise. Gerard lives in a cottage beside a lake in southern New Brunswick where he teaches university courses by distance and is writing both a new short story collection and a novel.