Nancy Jo Cullen is a twice-nominated Journey Prize Fiction writer. Her novel, The Western Alienation Merit Badge was published in May 2019 by Wolsak& Wynn’s Buckrider Books. Her short story collection Canary, is the winner of 2012 Metcalf-Rooke Award.
She is the author of three critically acclaimed collections of poetry with Calgary’s Frontenac House Press. She is at work on her fourth collection of poems.
Her first collection Science Fiction Saint was short-listed for the Canadian League of Poets Gerald Lampert Award, the Writers Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the Alberta Pulbishers Trade Book Award. Her second collection Pearlwas short listed for the W.O. Mitchell Calgary Book Prize and won the Alberta Publishers Trade Book Award. The Globe and Mail described Cullen’s third collection, untitled child as: “a little like drinking booze. Definitely not wine, because it’s not all that genteel, and not beer, because it’s not all that commonplace, but hard liquor because it’s edgy, fast-acting, more than a little disorienting and frequently mixed with something sweet.”
Nancy is the 2010 winner of the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging Gay Writer. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph Humber. A transplanted westerner, she now lives in Kingston, ON.