Kathy Page


Kathy Page is the author of eight novels; the most recent, Dear Evelyn, won the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize for Fiction. Other titles include The Story of My Face (long-listed for the Orange Prize), Alphabet (a Governor General’s Award finalist), and The Find (shortlisted for the ReLit Award). Her short stories have been widely anthologized and appear regularly in magazines and journals such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly, and The Fiddlehead; both her 2014 short fiction collection, Paradise & Elsewhere,  and the one that followed it in 2016, The Two of Us, were nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Kathy Page’s work ranges widely and encompasses the fantastic and surreal as well as the gritty and realistic. Complex, compelling characters are a trademark. She has an interest in the human body and how we experience our physicality; she co-edited, with Lynne Van Luven, In the Flesh, an anthology of personal essays on that topic.

Kathy Page was born in London, gained her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, England, and has taught at universities in the UK, Finland, and Estonia.  She moved with her family to Salt Spring Island in 2001 and joined the CREW team at VIU in 2004.

Teaching Philosophy

“Imagination is a muscle that grows with use, and we learn most by actually doing, and then reflecting, as opposed to being told how to do. I take a very hands-on approach to the teaching of writing. I like to teach via writing experiments and exercises that push students to discover ways to confront and solve particular writing problems, and at the same time discover, or remember, how rich their imaginations are.  I work hard to set up my workshops so as to provide meaningful, useable feedback to the writers in class, and I’m always  eager to  hear or read what you’ve written. I love the variety and energy I find in it. My hope is that students who take my courses will emerge not only more skilled as writers, but also more aware of what writing involves and what it can do.” 

Email: Kathy.Page@viu.ca

Website: Kathy Page