Jennifer Quist writes professionally in three genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and academic prose. She is an award-winning novelist as well as a journalist, speaker, critic, and PhD student in the Modern Languages and Cultural Studies department at the University of Alberta. All three of her novels are published by Linda Leith Publishing of Montreal: Love Letters of the Angels of Deathopens a new window (2013), Sisteringopens a new window (2015), and The Apocalypse of Morgan Turneropens a new window (2018). Her debut was long-listed for the Dublin International IMPAC Literary Award in 2015.
With the prize-money she won as one of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artists in 2014, Quist enrolled as a published novelist in an undergraduate creative writing workshop at the U of A, years and years after graduating from the same school with a degree in sociology. Hooked on being back at school, she applied to attend as a graduate student. Sociology is now history, and her new area of study is comparative and transnational literatures. She is now halfway through a PhD program, writing a dissertation developing creative writing workshops for non-native English speakers, approaching multilingualism as an asset to writing, rather than as an impediment. A language learner herself, Quist reads and can write in English, French, and Mandarin Chinese.
Before graduate school, Quist undertook careers in social research in Alberta indigenous communities, reporting and journalism in Fort McMurray and in national magazines, newspapers, and websites, and a long stint stay-at-home mothering her five sons. The student life she has now means travelling the world, teaching people from everywhere, and writing literary and cultural criticism for national and international venues including New Left Review. Do Quist’s two careers—the artistic and the academic—end up confounding each other? Maybe not. Academic writing, she says, is like writing in a speaking voice. Creative writing is writing in a singing voice.
2019 Featured Writers
We're excited to also have the following writers offer book recommendations and writing classes through Capital City Press in 2019:
Katherine Kolleropens a new window (August-October)
Katherine Kolleropens a new window writes for stage, screen and page. Her trilogy of Alberta Landworks plays includes Last Chance Leduc, The Seed Savers and Coal Valley and her collection of plays is Voices of the Land: The Seed Savers and Other Plays. Her six-part web documentary, Sustainable Me, features Edmonton youth changing their world (sustainablemeyeg.ca). Art Lessonsopens a new window, her first novel, was a finalist for both the Edmonton Book Prize and the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Her new book of short stories is Winning Chanceopens a new window. A recital reading of her opera libretto, The Handless Maiden, plays in Vancouver in June and her radio play, Hope Soup is part of the Edmonton Fringe Festival this summer.
Premee Mohamedopens a new window (November 2019-January 2020)
Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and spec fic author based out of Edmonton. Her short fiction has appeared in Analog, Pseudopod, Mythic Delirium, Automata Review, and other venues. Visit her official websiteopens a new window.
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Jennifer Snow grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and moved out West to complete her degree in Linguistics and Psychology in 2002. Halfway through a Bridge to PhD program, she realized she wasn’t pursuing her real passion. A trip down memory lane with her high school yearbook reminded her that her 18 year old self had promised to be a writer. So, she started writing again with a goal of getting her stories published.
While on maternity leave with her son, Jennifer wrote and submitted her first holiday romance themed novella to a small boutique publisher in New York. They contracted the novella and her second one and her dream of becoming a published author had been realized. From there, she queried agents and started writing longer works of fiction.
Since her first publication in 2011, she has published 21 books with various publishers, such as Berkley, Hachette Book Group, and Harper Collins/Harlequin.
Her small town, sweet romance series, A Brookhollow Storyopens a new window, won many awards and her Colorado Ice novel, Maybe This Timeopens a new window was given a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
In 2017, she decided to try writing a domestic thriller, with no idea whether or not she could pull it off. Luckily, her agent, Jill Marsal at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency is a champion for her career and after many revisions, her first thriller, All The Lovely Pieces was sold to Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer in a two book deal, for publication in 2019 under the pen name, J. M. Winchester. Now, Jennifer/ J.M. has to somehow write another one.
She recently signed a new contract for more single title romance books with Harlequin’s HQN line, with the first book, Mistletoe Rescue set for publication in November 2019. As well, her debut Women’s Fiction novel is currently out on submission, hoping to find a home in the new year.
Jennifer has also recently started writing screenplays and scripts for television. She was offered representation for her film work in August 2018 and is now managed by JD DeWitt from 5 x 5 Productions and her first screenplay, a holiday rom-com, was picked up by them for production.
She was a volunteer writer in residence at Audrey’s Books in 2017 and she has presented at many conferences world-wide. She loves inspiring and encouraging new writers to follow their dream to publication.
Checkout the complete list of Jennifer Snow's booksopens a new window that are available at EPL.