Madeline Sonik is an eclectic, award-winning writer and anthologist whose fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in literary journals and anthologies internationally. Her published book-length works include a novel, Arms, a collection of short fiction, Drying the Bones, a children’s novel, Belinda and the Dustbunnys, a poetry collection, Stone Sightings and a collection of personal essays, Afflictions & Departures. She is also the co-editor of three anthologies: Fresh Blood: New Canadian Gothic Fiction; Entering the Landscape; and When I Was a Child: Stories for Grownups and Children. A second collection of poetry, The Book of Changes,will be published in 2112.
Madeline dropped out of high school when she was fifteen, moved to England, and worked as cleaner in Bideford, North Devon, before returning to Canada to pursue her education. After receiving an M.A. in Journalism, she embarked on a career as a journalist. Somewhere between supplying business tabloids with ad copy and alternative newspapers with oddball stories, she discovered a love for writing fiction, poetry, and memoir, as well as a love for teaching. For two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Victoria, she explored and wrote about new ways of approaching the teaching of creative writing. Currently, she’s an instructor in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria.