W. Mark Giles

Sessional Faculty

Critical + Creative Studies

“On the road there was a man with a bundle on his back and a woman carrying her baby; in the field she could see figures moving—perhaps the shepherd with his dog. Far off in the bending sky was the pearly light; and she felt the largeness of the world and the manifold wakings of men to labor and endurance. She was a part of that involuntary, palpitating life, and could neither look out on it from her luxurious shelter as a mere spectator, nor hide her eyes in selfish complaining.”

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—Three breathtaking sentences from George Eliot, Middlemarch

W. Mark Giles, descendant of settlers and itinerants, lives on Turtle Island, in Calgary, on traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, who include the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. I offer acknowledgement to the original dwellers, and my gratitude. I hope I can learn to learn from this land. I have written two books of award-winning fiction, “Knucklehead” and “Seep,” both published by the amazing Brian Kaufman at Anvil Press in Vancouver. I have published stories and poems, presented visual poetry, performed, and made presentations in venues in Canada and the U.S.A.

Education:

Ph.D. English, Canadian Literature and Creative Writing, U of Calgary

M.A. English, Canadian Literature, U of Calgary

B.A. (Hons.) English, U of Alberta

Selected Publications:

“The Blue Vault of Morning,” short film [in production, 2018] 

“Seep: A Novel,” Anvil Press, 2015 

“Knucklehead & other stories,” Anvil Press, 2004 

Other: short fiction, poetry, reviews, essays; writing and performing drama; conference papers in areas of CanLit, writing pedagogy, ecocriticism.