Alissa
York

Award History

Jury Citation

"Alissa York’s impressive oeuvre evinces an abiding fascination with flora and fauna. Her fictions immerse readers in worlds where the human and the natural are inextricable. From the bogs of Manitoba to the rivers of the Amazon rainforest, from the wilderness of Utah to the ravines of Toronto, York’s characters live lives entwined with natural wonders that are as complex, varied, dark, and beautiful as human experience itself. Her writing is polished, intelligent, and starkly original. York writes unflinchingly about violence, cruelty, and greed, and with equal authority about redemption, reverence, and love. We are very fortunate to have her wise and compelling stories and look forward to more to come." —2018 Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award Jury (Devon Code, Billie Livingston, and Tessa McWatt)

Jury Citation

"Alissa York’s impressive oeuvre evinces an abiding fascination with flora and fauna. Her fictions immerse readers in worlds where the human and the natural are inextricable. From the bogs of Manitoba to the rivers of the Amazon rainforest, from the wilderness of Utah to the ravines of Toronto, York’s characters live lives entwined with natural wonders that are as complex, varied, dark, and beautiful as human experience itself. Her writing is polished, intelligent, and starkly original. York writes unflinchingly about violence, cruelty, and greed, and with equal authority about redemption, reverence, and love. We are very fortunate to have her wise and compelling stories and look forward to more to come." —2018 Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award Jury (Devon Code, Billie Livingston, and Tessa McWatt)

Works recognized by WT

Any Given Power

Effigy

Fauna

Mercy

The Naturalist