Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson is the first writing mentor of The Shoe Project in Antigonish. She is the author of three novels: Speechless (2020), Falling (2008), and Canterbury Beach (2001), as well as five poetry collections, and various works of non-fiction. Four of her books have been included in the Globe and Mail’s 100 Best Books of the Year. Her poetry was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Her fiction has been awarded the Journey Prize and the Dartmouth Fiction Prize. It has also been longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


After completing her studies at Queen’s University and the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University), Anne lived, studied and worked in France and Italy. For two years, she lived in Nigeria where she volunteered as an English teacher with CUSO. She continued her work in adult literacy in Kingston, Ontario, founding a program for adults through the school board.


Today Anne lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she started the Writing Centre at St. Francis Xavier University.


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