Sierra Skye Gemma is an award-winning writer and journalist. She is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer and a National Newspaper Award for Long Feature. Sierra has been listed in contests with House of Anansi Press, Creative Nonfiction Collective / Humber Literary Review, and Room and has won literary contests sponsored by The New Quarterly, wards, and Rhubarb.

Sierra’s nonfiction has been published in The Globe and MailThe Vancouver SunThe Vancouver Observer, Sad MagWestCoast Families, Plenitude, and elsewhere. Her work has been anthologized in the Best Canadian Essays 2013, Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts, and Rock is Not Dead: Short Fiction Inspired by Rock Music.

Sierra is devoted to making the Canadian literary landscape more progressive, inclusive, and welcoming. To this end, she spent four years as an Executive Editor of PRISM international and worked as the Mentorship Program Coordinator, Teaching Assistant Coordinator, and Student Representative to the Faculty Hiring Committee in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of British Columbia. For the past three years, Sierra has worked and volunteered for Room magazine as a Creative Nonfiction Reader, Contest Reader, Contest Coordinator, and Growing Room Festival Moderator and Volunteer.

Sierra has a BA in History and Sociology and an MFA in Creative Writing, both from the University of British Columbia. She resides on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Her work is made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. (Elle reconnaît le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.)


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