Biography

Kelly Norah Drukker is the author of Small Fires, a collection of poems published by the Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series of McGill-Queen’s University Press (2016). Born in Montreal, she grew up in the Laurentian region of Quebec, and has worked and taught English in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, and France. Small Fires is the winner of the 2016 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Concordia University First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal (2016).

Kelly’s poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in The Malahat ReviewContemporary Verse 2The Island ReviewThe SHOpenRoute Magazine, the Literary Review of CanadaHeadlight AnthologyRoom MagazinePoetry New Zealandcarte blanche, and The Montreal Prize Longlist Anthology. In 2006, her suite of poems “Still Lives” won second prize in the CBC Literary Awards, and an abridged version was aired on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Her work has received a Norma Epstein Prize for Creative Writing (2013), and has been longlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize (2011). A frequent performer at several reading series in Montreal, she has also been featured on CBC Radio’s Cinque à Six, CJAD’s The Irish Show, and CKUT’s JPM Literary Report.

Kelly holds a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University. She has studied with The Humber School for Writers, and has participated in writing residencies at The Banff Centre and Sage Hill. She currently lives in Montreal, where she is pursuing a doctorate in Humanities at Concordia University.