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David Huebert is a settler writer, educator, and critic from Kjipuktuk (Halifax). He is co-director of creative writing at the University of New Brunswick and acting editor of The Fiddlehead. Huebert’s short fiction has won the CBC Short Story Prize, has twice been nominated for National Magazine Awards, and was a finalist for the 2020 Journey Prize. His latest book, Chemical Valley, won the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction and was shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the ReLit Award, and others. Huebert lives in Fredericton.


2020 Journey Prize Finalist David Huebert

Award History

Jury Citation

"In David Huebert’s 'Chemical Valley,' the narrator’s remarkable voice is laced with dark humour while displaying a tremendous depth of feeling as he cares for his dying partner and navigates a dangerous workplace replete with unpleasant coworkers. This is a complex story about love, death, and grief set in a contemporary Canadian community plagued by petrochemical-induced diseases and environmental ruin. The attention to language is so meticulous that tragedy is imbued with an aura of beauty. Each exquisite sentence in 'Chemical Valley' produces a sense of wonderment as the narrative crescendos to its harrowing conclusion."
— 2020 Journey Prize Jury (Amy Jones, and Doretta Lau, and Téa Mutonji)

Works recognized by WT

Chemical Valley