Margôt Maddison-MacFadyen is from Vancouver, British Columbia, but she lives at Rennies Road, Prince Edward Island. A few years ago, she began to submit her writing to various journals for possible publication, and she met success. Since then, her poems, short stories, and essays have appeared nationally and internationally in both cultural and scholarly journals, and they have also been anthologized. The Newfoundland Quarterly, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s and ’70s, and the Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History are examples of where her writing has found homes.
Margôt’s poems, short stories, and essays have also won prizes. Her poems are included in A Gathering of TWiGS, a book she co-edited. It won the 2014 PEI Book Award for Poetry. Her poems and short stories have also won prizes in the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards. Recently, Margôt’s poetry manuscript From Hollyburn Mountain: A Memoir of My Family, Places, and Ghosts won the 2017 Arthur G. Bailey Award, and her essay “Cavendish Hall, Enslavement, and Historic Timber” won second place in the 2017 Andrew Hill Clark Award.
In May 2017, Margôt graduated with a PhD (Interdisciplinary) from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her dissertation is titled, “Reclaiming Histories of Enslavement from the Maritime Atlantic and a Curriculum: The History of Mary Prince.” Currently, she is a Canada Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Environmental Geographies and Histories at Nipissing University, ON.
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