Roberta Rees’s novel Beneath the Faceless Mountain, set in the Crowsnest Pass, received the Alberta New Fiction Competition and the Writers Guild of Alberta Novel Award. Her first book, the poetry collection Eyes Like Pigeons, won the national Gerald Lampert Award and the Writers Guild of Alberta Poetry Award.
Her work has been published in anthologies, and numerous magazines and literary journals. A 30-minute film, Ethyl Mermaid, based on the story by the same name in this collection, debuted at the Herland Film Festival in Calgary.
She was born in New Westminster, BC, and grew up in Calgary and in the Crowsnest Pass – Bellevue, Blairmore, Coleman, Cranbrook. She has lived in Calgary since 1972, working mainly as a school teacher and now as a creative writing instructor. Her most recent book is Long After Fathers.
Festivals: 2008 (fall)