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Dr. Angie Abdou

Associate Professor, Creative Writing

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Education

  • B.A. University of Regina
  • M.A. University of Western Ontario
  • Ph.D. University of Calgary

Biography

Angie Abdou is an Associate Professor, English and Creative Writing in the Centre for Humanities.

Angie has a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A. from the University of Regina. After nearly completing a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature at the University of Western Ontario, Angie left academe to pursue her interest in creative writing. She later returned to academe and completed a Ph.D. at the University Calgary. In that program, the “creative option” dissertation allowed her to write a novel as partial fulfilment of the research requirement. Her dissertation, The Canterbury Trail, melds her interest in medieval studies and the contemporary novel. The project satirizes Canadian ski culture while drawing its theoretical framework from eco-criticism, pilgrimage studies, and edgework.

Angie has six books: a short story collection, four novels, and a creative nonfiction book about youth sport culture (Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom). She has also edited a collection of essays about Canadian Sport Literature (Writing the Body in Motion, AU Press 2018). Her main scholarly interest is Canadian Literature, particularly writing about the body, and she is a long-standing, active member of the International Sport Literature Association. She does a monthly Alberta book column on CBC’s Daybreak Alberta.

Before being appointed to the faculty of Athabasca University in 2015, Angie taught at the College of the Rockies in Cranbook for nearly fifteen years. She also did shorter teaching stints at the University of Western Ontario and Nipissing University.

Recent Book - Length Publications:

Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom. Toronto: ECW Press, 2018.

Writing the Body in Motion: An A Critical Anthology on Canadian Sport Literature. Edmonton: AU Press, 2018

In Case I Go (a novel). Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Sept 2017.

Between (a novel). Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, August 2014.

The Canterbury Trail (a novel). Victoria: Brindle & Glass Press, 2011.

The Bone Cage (a novel). Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2007.

Anything Boys Can Do (a short-story collection).  Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 2006

Recent Published Essays:

“Introduction to Randall Maggs’ Nightwork: The Sawchuk Poems,” The Sawchuk Poems, 10th Anniversary Edition. Brick Books: Toronto, 2018.

“From Anecdote to Art: the Saskatchewan Short Story as Archive of Prairie Life,” in Saskatchewan Literary History, edited by David Carpenter, 2018.

“Summer Hockey Camp: What’s Love Gotta Do with It?” Essay Writing for Canadian Students, 9th Edition. Eds. Roger Davis and Laura Davis. Forthcoming.

“Learning to Write a Novel in 2017,” Quill and Quire, Fall 2017.

“I’m a Hockey Mom and I Kind of Hate It,” Today’s Parent, July 2017.

“The First (& Last) Time I Attempted to Stage an Intervention,” Elle Canada, September 2014.

“On Motherhood & Truth,” National Post, September 2014.

“On Bitches,” National Post, September 2014.

“On Killing Our Mothers,” National Post, September 2014.

“On Payment,” National Post, September 2014.

“Speech and Power in Old English Conversion Narratives.” Florilegium: Carleton
University Annual Papers on Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages 17 (2000), pp.195-212.

Educational Resources:

Calder, Alison. Canadian Encyclopedia Entry. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/alison-calder

Taylor, Timothy. Canadian Encyclopedia Entry.
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/timothy-taylor

“The Olympics: A Novelist’s Perspective.”  2010 Today: Discussion Starters. Olympic Legacies Project. BC Campus.

Recent Conference Presentations:

“Graham James: Where Were the Parents?” Sport Literature Association, Lawrence, Kansas. June 2018.

“Teaching to the Precipice: Escorting Students to the Bleeding Edge of Their Genre.” Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs, Fredericton. June 2017.

“Writing the Body: Reflections on Literary Representations of the Physical.” Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs, Fredericton. June 2017.

“Writing the Body: Reflections on Literary Representations of the Physical.” Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs, Fredericton. June 2017.

“Have Fun! Try Hard! Reflections of a Hockey Mom” (Creative Nonfiction). Sport Literature Association Annual Conference. Fredericton, New Brunswick. June 2016.

“Writers in the Schools” Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs, Toronto. June 2016.

“Hybridity, Liminality and Transgression Three Writer/Teachers” Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs, Toronto. June 2016.

“Olympic Athletes versus Parkour Artists: A Consideration of Sport, Art, and Celebrity Culture in Timothy Taylor’s The Blue Light Project.” Sport Literature Association Annual Conference. Johnson City, Tennessee. June 2015.

“‘Air this thin turns anyone into a mystic’: Extreme Sport as Metaphor for Political Disengagement in Steven Heighton’s Every Lost Country.” Sport Literature Association AGM. Monmouth University. West Long Branch, New Jersey. June 2013.

 “Skating against a Ghost: Anxiety of Influence, Women’s Hockey, & Cara Hedley’s Twenty Miles.”  Sport Literature Association AGM. Springfield College. Springfield, Massachusetts. June 2012.

“Trekking up The Cunterbury [cnq] Trail.” Sport Literature Association AGM. Orono, Maine. June 2011.

“Dreamers and Desperados: Sport as Subversive Space in Three Contemporary Swimming Novels.” Sport Literature Association AGM. Williamsport, PA. June 23-26, 2010.

Updated February 19 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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