Selkirk College, Attn: Josh Massey
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
“Effective oral and written communication can open doors, build bridges, and help solve problems both large and small. Working together, we will certainly improve at getting our ideas across to others in diverse circumstances and environments.”
Josh comes to Selkirk College’s Department of English with a wide range of professional writing experience he can draw from to educate and inspire his students. Between earning his B.A. and M.A. degrees, he published two novels—We Will All Be Trees (Conundrum Press, 2009) and The Plotline Bomber of Innisfree (BookThug Press, 2015)—and has worked as news reporter and magazine writer for B.C. community papers since 2009.
With the help of a 2016 BC Arts Council grant, he recently finished a collection of poetry, and was also the recipient of the 2015 Lelu Island Poetry Prize and a 2014 Canadian Community Newspaper Award in business writing. His documentary film, Heard of Poets, was screened at the Ottawa International Writers Festival in 2007 and has been shown in various university classrooms as exemplary of local Ottawa poetry.
Aside from his writing-related activities, Josh gains much joy adventuring in the rural areas of Canada, seeking obscure nooks and crannies in the wilderness. He also enjoys getting involved in literary communities wherever he lives, and has organized and participated in reading events across the country.
His fields of academic research are narrative theory and ecopoetics. Originally from Ottawa, Josh relocated to Castlegar recently from Terrace, B.C., and lived in northern B.C. for the past nine years.