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Pamela Swanigan,

Pamela Swanigan

I try to describe things in ways that make them come across as they really are and tweak other people’s writing in ways that make it clearer.

Favourite book
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin

Six-word memoir
Complications ensued, to no discernible end.


  • Professional writer since the age of 18
  • Published in Saturday Night, the Toronto Star, the Chicago Tribune, Canadian Living, and Vancouver magazine, among many others
  • Winner of two National Magazine Awards (for a co-authored article) and two-time finalist at the Western Magazine Awards
  • Third-place winner of ARC’s international poetry contest for “How to Win at Rummy”
  • Winner of the Children’s Literature Association Graduate Essay prize for “The Boondocks and the Symbolic Frontier”
  • Self-published author of children’s picture book Denumb Your Bum!
  • Songwriter and singer
  • PhD in biophilia and sociobiology in children’s literature

Deepest fear
That I will end up having lived someone else’s life.