“I have never had any trouble dispensing with the ‘rules’” admits Diane Schoemperlen. Readers will agree — her writing always takes an innovative approach to storytelling, and plays fast and loose with narrative convention. In the Language of Love draws inspiration from 100 stimulus words from the Standard Word Association Test. Forms of Devotion combines contemporary stories with wood engravings and line drawings from earlier centuries to challenge readers’ expectations.

Her short story collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium Prize, and Forms of Devotion won the Governor-General’s Award. Her memoir, This Is Not My Life, was a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize and appeared on multiple year’s best book lists. Diane is a recipient of the Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts in recognition of exceptional achievement in the arts.

First Things First, her latest work, gathers 24 playful and profound early and uncollected stories into a collection The New York Times Book Review praises for its “inventive language and narrative structures.”

Diane was born and raised in Thunder Bay before moving to Kingston.

Appearing in: 3. Writing Outside the Box: Experiments in Form

Website: www.dianeschoemperlen.com