Janice Kulyk Keefer

Janice Kulyk English Creative Writing Janice Kulyk Keefer has lectured on Canadian writing and given readings from her work across Canada and Europe, as well as in Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. She is the author of three books of short stories, three collections of poetry, five novels, two works of literary criticism, a family memoir, and a children’s book.
Among her awards are First Prize (twice) in the CBC Radio Literary Competition and The National Magazine Award; the Canadian Authors’ Association poetry award, the Marian Engel Award and the $25,000 Kobzar Award. She has been awarded several Canada Council grants for the Arts, and two awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, most recently an Artist/Researcher grant 2005-2007.
A frequent reviewer of literary books for The Globe and Mail, Janice Kulyk Keefer has judged numerous Canadian literary competitions. She has taught at creative writing workshops across Canada, including Banff, Sage Hill and the Humber School for Writers. Recently, she participated in the creation, and staging of, and acted in Judith Thompson’s play Body and Soul. She is currently at work on a book of poetry on post-Orange Revolution Ukraine and on a novel based on the interconnected lives of painters Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and their servant Grace Germany. Among her research interests are ekphrasis and the relationship between verbal and visual imagery: she is currently working on a collaborative project with Toronto painter Natalka Husar.
Her teaching interests have ranged from literature and ethnicity to the short fiction of Katherine Mansfield and Mavis Gallant; most recently she has focused on the impact of today’s political, environmental and economic crises on works of fiction and non-fiction, and on the literary representation of Domestic Service. Dr. Kulyk Keefer’s main supervisory duties are devoted to Masters’ theses produced by students enrolled in the Guelph-Humber Creative Writing program. Her pedagogical philosophy can be summarized as the stimulation of critical consciousness and aesthetic awareness vis-a-vis the reading of literary texts and an insistence on grammatical accuracy and stylistic competence in written assignments. The creation of opportunities for the interplay of literary study and creative writing is one of her special interests.