Alissa
York

Awards

2018 Winner

Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award

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)

1999 Winner

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

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)

Honours

2010 Juror

Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize