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Keriann McGoogan is a primatologist and author of Chasing Lemurs: My Journey into the Heart of Madagascar. For 19 months, she lived and worked in Madagascar, spending 12-hour days following groups of lemurs. She volunteers as a board member for Planet Madagascar, a not-for-profit that aims to conserve the island’s unique biodiversity and help the local Malagasy community. McGoogan’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Nashwaak Review, The Toronto Star, Outpost Magazine, Verge Magazine, and Wanderlust Magazine. McGoogan lives in Guelph, Ontario. She was selected as a 2021 Writers' Trust Rising Star by Deborah Campbell.

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2021 Rising Star

Rising Stars

Selected by

Deborah Campbell


Writer and primatologist Keriann McGoogan combines a passion for threatened wildlife with an equal concern for the people whose lives intersect with it. Working in some of the remotest places on earth, she shows courage and resourcefulness in the face of profound obstacles, bringing back fascinating insights into culture, history, the consequences of resource extraction, and the primates whose lives hang in the balance. Combining fast-paced narrative with deeply researched observations, McGoogan’s writing is both an inspiration to anyone embarking on challenging fieldwork and a captivating read.