Q: What is Nineteen Questions?

A: Nineteen Questions asks writers how they became who they are. A twist on the parlour game “Twenty Questions” that seeks to guess the identity of a person (or place or thing) through a series of questions and answers, it explores the career trajectories, challenges, and writing lives of established writers. A project of the Creative Writing program of the University of British Columbia, it is meant to inspire emerging writers to chart their own paths.

Q: Who are the editors?

A: Editor: Deborah Campbell. Executive Editor: Andrew Gray. Web Editor: Curtis LeBlanc.

About Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell is an award-winning writer whose work has taken her to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Dubai, Russia, Cuba, Israel and Palestine. She is the author of This Heated Place, a literary journey inside the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Walrus, The Economist, Adbusters, New Scientist, Asia Times, Ms. magazine, Canadian Geographic, Utne, the Guardian, Canadian Art, Modern Painters, and in anthologies and scholarly journals in North America, Europe and Asia. A member of the FCC literary journalism collective, she has guest lectured at numerous universities and frequently appears in media and on panels to discuss international affairs. She currently teaches non-fiction writing at UBC’s Creative Writing Program.

About Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray is the founder of UBC’s Optional-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and currently works as a Program Coordinator at UBC Creative Writing. His fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines. He has been nominated for the National Magazine Award for Fiction and has twice been shortlisted for the CBC/Saturday Night Literary Award. He was a finalist for the Journey Prize for his short story “Heart of the Land”. His collection of short fiction, Small Accidents, was published by Raincoast Books and was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson award in BC and an IPPY independent publisher’s award in the US.

Q: Who are the writers?

A: Our writers are UBC Creative Writing students, primarily graduate students in the MFA program.

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