Edna Alford's short story collections include A Sleep Full of Dreams and The Garden of Eloise Loon. She is a recipient of the Marian Engel Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. As an editor she co-founded the magazine Dandelion and edited fiction for Grain. Edna has co-edited several anthologies, including Meltwater, Rip-rap, and Intersections, published by the Banff Centre. She also edited Gloria Sawai's A Song for Nettie Johnson, which won the Governor General's Award for Fiction,along with short story collections by Bonnie Burnard, Fred Stenson and many others.
Alford also served as associate director of the Banff Centre's Writing Studio for over a decade. During that time, she mentored several award-winning writers, including Yann Martel and Lisa Moore. She also sat on Coteau Books' editorial board along with several literary juries.
In this episode, Edna reads The Lineman, from her second collection, The Garden of Eloise Loon. Readers can find her books at www.abebooks.com or at their local libraries.
This podcast features Western Canadian authors reading from their novels, short fiction, poetry, memoirs, or non-fiction. It is created and hosted by Saskatchewan novelist Lisa Guenther. Reading West is open to featuring published authors from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. For the most part, the podcast focuses on literature, but writers working in other genres are welcome to inquire. For more information on submitting, visit lisaguenther.com/reading-west-podcast/ You can also check out the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/readingwest/
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