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Claire Tacon’s first novel, In the Field, was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke award. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Awards and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as The New Quarterly, sub-TERRAIN and Best Canadian Short Stories. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a past fiction editor of PRISM international.


Recently, Claire was an artist in residence as part of Dreamwalker Dance Company’s Shebang collective. She lectures at St. Jerome’s University and, in her off-time, enjoys home-brewing and nerdy German strategy games.


  • I grew up on a farm North of Toronto. If you want to know what it looks like, take a look at the home page. All four items were hauled back from the dump by my brother who has plans to turn one of them into a smoke house. Trying to turn junk into something functional pretty much sums up my revision process.

  • Spent two summers touring Nova Scotia with friends putting on kids’ theatre, giving improv workshops and doing face-painting. The Phantom Menace came out that first year, so I spent most of the season drawing Darth Maul approximations onto boys’ faces and trying to get the “Chu-chu-cha” out of my head.

  • Past jobs include: substitute dog walker, summer-camp self-defense instructor, shipping clerk, ESL teacher, and script reader.