Anne Fleming, MFA


Creative Studies, Creative Writing
On Leave Until: June 30, 2024
Other Titles: Creative Writing
Office: CCS 174
Phone: 250.807.9368

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Creative writing, fiction, poetry, children’s books, stage play and screen writing.

Courses & Teaching

Creative writing, Short story, novel, experimental fiction, poetry, writing for children, playwrighting, screenwriting


Anne Fleming is the author of five books of fiction and poetry: Pool-Hopping & Other Stories, Anomaly, Gay Dwarves of America, poemw, and The Goat, a novel for children. Her writing has won National Magazine awards and has been shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award, the Journey Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Sheila A. Egoff Prize for Children’s Literature, and Italy’s Premio Strega Prize Ragazze e Ragazzi. The Goat was named one of the ten best children’s books of the year by The Wall Street Journal and the New York Public Library, has been optioned for film by David Lipman (Shrek) and David Womark (Life of Pi), and has been translated into French, Italian and German.



BA English (Honours Co-op), University of Waterloo, ON, MFA Creative Writing, University of British Columbia

Selected Publications & Presentations

Pool-Hopping and Other Stories. Victoria: Polestar, 1998

Anomaly. Vancouver: Raincoast, 2005

Gay Dwarves of America. Toronto: Pedlar Press, 2012

poemw. St John’s: Pedlar Press, 2016

The Goat. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2017

Selected Grants & Awards

Canada Council, 1998, 2005, 2010

BC Arts Council 1998, 2005, 2010

Awards & Distinctions

Tom York Memorial Award for Short Fiction, 1991

CBC Prize in Playwrighting (for UBC students) jointly with Anna Nobile, 1993

Honourable Mention, Prism International Fiction Contest, 1998

Danuta Gleed Award shortlist, 1999

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize shortlist, 1999

Governor-General’s Award shortlist, 1999

Journey Prize Shortlist, 2003

National Magazine Gold Award, fiction, 2003

National Magazine Award Honourable Mention, 2005

National Magazine Award Honourable Mention, 2009

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize shortlist, 2013

Dorothy Livesey Poetry Prize shortlist, 2017

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize shortlist, 2018

White Ravens List, International Children’s Library, Berlin, Germany, 2018

Premio Strega Prize shortlist, Italy, 2018

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

The Writers Union of Canada

Graduate Supervisions

Leigh Macfarlane, IGS MFA, On Leaving the Zoo to Join the Circus (memoir), 2010

Maureen Latta, IGS MFA, One Kind of Life (linked short stories), 2010

Julie Fowler, IGS MFA, Keep a Loose Wrist: the Search for Sonia Cornwall (creative non-fiction), 2013, published as Grande Dames of the Cariboo, Caitlin Press 2014

Dania Tomlinson, IGS MFA, Palacio (novel), 2014, published as Our Animal Hearts, Anchor Canada 2018

Ashley Little, MFA, NIagara Motel (novel), 2015, published by Arsenal Pulp Press 2016

Connal McNamara, MFA, The Children Under the Stairs (novel), 2016

Karen Hugdahl Meyer, MFA, The Great Deep Blue (linked short stories), 2017

Cole Mash, IGS MA (co-supervisor with Karis Shearer), The ’59 Sound (novella & critical paper), 2017

Brittni Mackenzie-Dale (co-supervisor with Jodey Castricano), Swine: The Animal Industrial Complex, Ecofeminism, and Fiction as Resistance (novel & critical paper), 2018

Trystan Carter, IGS MA, The Land Beyond the Forest: A Conceptual Novella and Accompanying Essay on Settler Responses to Indigenous Peoples in Genre and Conceptual Writing, 2018

Nazanin Sahebnassagh, MFA, Anahita (novel), 2018


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