Novelist, poet and publisher Barry Callaghan is also one of Canada's great journalists. He has received every major award that the country's journalists can offer - more than a dozen National Magazine awards, seven of them gold - and in the United States, he has been given the White Award in New York, the Lowell Thomas Award and the Pushcart Prize. He was awarded the inaugural W.O. Mitchell Award in 1998. His works include Hogg: The Poems and Drawings; The Black Queen Stories; When Things Get Worst; A Kiss is Still a Kiss and the memoir Barrelhouse Kings. His writing has been published around the world and translated into seven languages. Barry Callaghan lives in Toronto with the artist Claire Weissman Wilks.

Festivals: 2000, 2005 (spring), 2006 (fall), 2009 (fall)

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