Joseph Boyden, author and educator, is also, to quote the National Post, “one of Canada’s most acclaimed writers.” A Canadian with Irish, Scottish, and Anishnaabek (Ojibwe) roots, Boyden’s novels focus on First Nations history and culture. His first novel, Three Day Road, which chronicles the story of two Cree soldiers serving in the Canadian military during World War I, received the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, was named as one of the Quill & Quire’s Books of the Year, won the Writer’s Trust Prize and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and was chosen as one of the five CBC Canada Reads books. His collection of short stories, Born with a Tooth, was shortlisted for the Upper Canada Writer’s Craft Award. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, won the most prestigious literary prize in Canada, the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His most recent novel, The Orenda, has been praised wildly both in the National Post and the Globe and Mail.
Born in 1966 in Willowdale, Ontario, Joseph Boyden currently resides in New Orleans with his wife Amanda, also an author and educator. Joseph now divides his time between his home in New Orleans, Louisiana where he teaches creative writing at his alma mater, the University of New Orleans, and Ontario where he continues to work with colleges and universities supporting Aboriginal Studies programs and mentoring young writers, including those within Humber’s own School for Writers.