Born in Sale, England on May 6, 1953, Michael Kenyon has lived on the West Coast, mainly Pender Island, since his arrival in Canada in 1967. To support himself he drove a taxicab part-time from 1976-2002. He studied with members of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Victoria in the late Seventies. He has also attended the Banff Centre Dramatic Writing for Film, TV, and Theatre Workshop in November/December 1992, the Banff May Writing Studio May/June 1993, the Banff Fall Writing Studio October/November 1996, and the Banff Radio Drama Workshop, April 1998. He has published book reviews for The Malahat Review and has written a column for Monday Magazine (Victoria) based on cab driving experiences. He has facilitated fiction workshops at the Victoria School of Writing, UVic, and on Pender Island. In 1999 he collaborated with visual artists and an architect to conceptualize a permanent public art installation on Broad Street in Victoria as part of that street's revitalization. He was on the editorial board of The Malahat Review from 1985-2003. Michael Kenyon has a therapy practice in process-oriented psychology and jin shin do bodymind acupressure. His novel Kleinberg (Oolichan), about diverse characters in an apparently conventional community, was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith/Books In Canada First Novel Award for 1991. Astatine (Brick Books 2014) is Kenyon's fourth book of poetry. Astatine is the name of an Italian girl who, like Dante's Beatrice, haunts the narrator.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Astatine (Brick Books 2014) $20 1-926829-93-X
Parallel Rivers (Thistledown 2014) $18.95 978-1-927068-82-3 - short stories
A Year at River Mountain (Thistledown 2012).
The Last House (Brick, 2009) - poetry
The Beautiful Children (Thistledown, 2009)
The Biggest Animals (Thistledown, 2006)
The Sutler (poems; Brick Books, 2005)
Broad Street Blues (poems; chapbook; Outlaw Editions, 2000)
Winter Wedding (poems; chapbook; Reference West Press, 1998)
Durable Tumblers (stories; Oolichan, 1996)
Twig (short novel; chapbook; Outlaw Editions, 1996)
Pinocchio's Wife (novellas; Oberon, 1992)
Kleinberg (novel; Oolichan Books, 1991)
Rack of Lamb (prose poems; Brick Books, 1991)

[BCBW 2012] "Fiction" "Poetry"