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Dan Rubin

Photograph of Dan Rubin PO Box 675
Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada, A0A 3L0
Tel: 709-335-2340
Email: secondstage@hotmail.com


Dan Rubin is a versatile writer, musician and arts manager who initially pursued a career in biology, graduating from Reed College and doing graduate study in zoology at the Berkeley campus of the University of California. After immigrating to Canada in 1969 he developed a series of publications that included the best-selling BC Access Catalogue, the educational journal Potentialities and one children's book, O Children of the World by New Zealand author and educator Sylvia Ashton-Warner.

For three decades, Dan worked as a teacher and school principal, a museum educator, and as a curriculum developer supporting the renewal of two native languages: Hul'qumi'num' (Coast Salish) and Sm'algyax (Coast Tsimshian). He retired from teaching in 2002 after receiving the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence for his work as a curriculum developer and school administrator.

He has been a journalist for more than forty years with more than two dozen articles published in Canadian Musician, Pacific Yachting, Classic Boat, Raven's Eye, Celtic Heritage, and other periodicals. His first non-fiction book, Salt on the Wind: The Sailing Life of Allen and Sharie Farrell was published in 1996 by Horsdal and Schubart (Victoria, BC). That same year his short story The Burn appeared in On Spec Magazine, was serialized on CBC radio and won an award from the BC Writers' Federation as one of the six best short stories of the year at the BC Festival of the Arts.

Recognition for Dan Rubin's short stories and poems has included being named runner-up to the grand prize winner in the Bulwer-Lytton Competition, first prize for the poem Bones and Blood in the Mattia International Poetry competition and publication of his short story The Singing in the Canadian speculative fiction anthology Tesseracts Nine. The Singing was broadcast on the national CBC radio show Between the Covers in 2005.

Dan is currently seeking publication for two novels: A Fire on the Sea (a juvenile adventure story set in the near future on Vancouver Island) is currently under consideration by a prominent Canadian press, while Horizontal Rain (a contemporary magical realist novel focused on the contact zone between native and non-native cultures) has just been submitted for publication. His second non-fiction book, LInes of Power, developed in collaboration with engineer and writer Guy Immega is currently in progress and under serious consideration by a prominent west coast Canadian publisher. He is also preparing a collection of recent short stories for publication. For more details about Dan Rubin's work, please visit www.danrubin.ca

Dan Rubin is owner and operator of Second Stage Creative Arts Management Services, a new arts management company based in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland. He is a musician, recording artist, and performer with six albums of original acoustic music released to date. For more information about his music, visit http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Dan-Rubin