Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Myrna Kostash is a fulltime writer, author of the classic All of Baba's Children, and of the award-winning No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girls and Bloodlines: A Journey Into Eastern Europe. Her most recent book is The Doomed Bridegroom: A Memoir.|
Besides writing for diverse magazines, from Chatelaine to Border Crossings (where she is a columnist), Kostash has written theatre cabaret, radio drama and creative documentary, and television documentary. Her essays and articles have appeared in anthologies such as Why Are You Telling Me This? Eleven Acts of Intimate Journalism, Fresh Tracks: Writing the Western Landscape and The Thinking Heart: Best Canadian Essays.
As writer-in-residence Kostash has worked at The Loft in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Regina Public Library. She has been Max Bell Professor of Journalism at the University of Regina and Ashley Fellow at Trent University. Currently, she is a sessional instructor in writing at the Department of English at the University of Alberta. A persistent traveller, she has lectured in Kyiv, Warsaw, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Skopje and Athens.
1993-94 Kostash served as Chair of The Writers' Union of Canada. She is Alberta representative to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Conference of the Arts and serves on its executive committee.
Myrna Kostash lives in a housing co-op in Edmonton where she is working on a new book, The Next Canada.
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