Established writer Dr. Robert Finley joined the Department of English Language and Literature this year.
The Halifax native completed a PhD and held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. He subsequently taught there, as well as in Nice, France, and for the past 15 years at the Université Ste-Anne, Pointe de l’Église, Nova Scotia. He is the author of The Accidental Indies, a book of lyrical essays he said “sits on the fiction shelves in bookstores, but gets reviewed as poetry.” It was awarded the Cunard First Book Award in 2001, and has been translated into Spanish and French. The latter, by Ivan Steenhout, won the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Translation. In 2006, Dr. Finley wrote and published A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry and Memory along with Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson and Jan Zwicky.