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Beth Downey

Beth Downey is an emerging writer of poetry and fiction.

Born to a Newfoundland family and raised in rural Manitoba, she has been involved in creative projects that span the country: she has written texts for choral performance realized in Vancouver and Winnipeg (in the latter case, composing the music as well,) and in 2018 performed her poetry as feature reader for Spoken Word St John’s. Her poem “After the Wake,” recently shortlisted for The New Quarterly’s Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest, and is forthcoming in the Fall 2019 issue. Her first published short story will appear in editor Lisa Moore’s new collection (as yet untitled), expected in 2020.

With a novella in the end stages of drafting and several poems under review by literary journals, Beth continues to hone her artist’s eye through study. Following undergraduate work in English, Music and Theology (CMU, Winnipeg), she recently completed an MA in English (Memorial University,) including a thesis on Michael Crummey’s Galore (2009).*  This project gave rise to scholarly articles now forthcoming in The New Hibernia Review, Graham Greene Studies, and other journals. Next stop, doctorate!

When not at school or working on her own material, Beth writes and edits freelance. As an editor, she has partnered with writers from coast to coast, both emerging and established. Recent clients include The Goulds author Terry Doyle, whose short story collection Dig is available now through Breakwater Books, Ltd.