2015 Writers' Trust Fellow

Michael Crummey, St. John’s

Michael Crummey WT Fellow 
Selected Publications

  • Hard Light (1998)
  • River Thieves (2001)
  • The Wreckage (2005)
  • Galore (2009)
  • Sweetland (2014)
  • Little Dogs (forthcoming, 2016)

About the Author

Michael Crummey WT Fellow

Michael Crummey is a poet and fiction writer. His writing often draws upon the history and landscape of Newfoundland and Labrador, where he was born and raised. Initially, he found recognition through his poetry winning the inaugural Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for young unpublished writers in 1994. His first novel, River Thieves, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2007 he received the Timothy Findley Award recognizing the entirety of his body of work. His recent novels, Galore and Sweetland, were finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Next spring he will publish a collection of poems, Little Dogs, with House of Anansi Press. Crummey lives in St. John’s.

Jury Citation

Of the cacophony of voices carrying across the wind from Newfoundland and Labrador in recent years, none is so vibrant, so perceptive, and so damn fun, as that of Michael Crummey. A poet of tremendous skill and a novelist of the truest heart, his books capture the outports and villages, the islands and waters, the people and language that make the province unlike anywhere else in Canada. Yet his work is universal, too. He writes about family and loneliness, love and loss, childhood and aging, with a storyteller’s flair for the dramatic and a poet’s ear for words. Simply, he is a beautiful writer.


Woodcock Fund


Writers' Trust Fellowship


April 27, 2017

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
First Submission Deadline

May 24, 2017


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