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Deborah Ostrovsky is a Montreal-based editor, translator, and writer of creative nonfiction. She is currently researching a longer feature about the last private owner of the Magdalen Islands in the mid-20th century. She is a recipient of the Marian Hebb Research Grant and has contributed to publications in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including Geist, Maisonneuve, McSweeney’s, carte blanche, and Tablet and her work has been translated in Courrier International. She was selected as a Writers' Trust Rising Star by Taras Grescoe.

Program History

2019 Rising Star

Rising Stars

Selected by

Taras Grescoe


"Deborah Ostrovsky is a writer who never coasts. The Montreal-based editor, translator, and writer of creative nonfiction has a wicked sense of humour, a punchy style, and an eye for detail that sets her journalism and essay-writing apart from the pack. Every one of Ostrovsky’s paragraphs is worth reading, and her pieces are beautifully paced and structured. The ambitious project she is currently working on — a gripping, little-known Canadian story — will help expose more readers to her unique voice and establish her as one of this country’s leading nonfiction storytellers." —2019 Rising Stars selector Taras Grescoe