Ms. Skibsrud is sponsored by the Arts Foundation for Tucson & Southern Arizona
Johanna Skibsrud was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1980. Her debut novel, "The Sentimentalists," was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, making her the youngest writer to ever win Canada’s most prestigious literary prize. The book was subsequently shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award and is currently translated into five languages.
A short story collection, "This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories" was published in 2011 and shortlisted for Canada’s Danuta Gleed Award. Stories in the collection previously appeared in Zoetrope, Ecotone, and Glimmertrain Magazines.
Johanna has also published three books of poetry: "Late Nights With Wild Cowboys" (2008), which was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award for the best first book of poetry by a Canadian poet; "I Do Not Think That I Could Love a Human Being" (2010), which was short-listed for the 2011 Atlantic Poetry Prize; and "The Description of the World" (2016), her newest collection.
Johanna received her BA in English Literature at the University of Toronto, her MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal and her PhD in English Literature at the Université de Montréal. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona.