Andrew and his muse…
I was born and raised in Ottawa. Via a circuitous route of Kingston, Winnipeg, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver, where I studied, danced, acted and taught, I finally became a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing. In 2007 I returned to Ontario –– after fifteen years on Canada’s west coast –– and love being back in the heat, the snow and the tempests.
My work has been published in Prism international, Prairie Fire, Joyland, Galleon, Fugue, Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly (U.S.), Bent-magazine, The Globe and Mail, Xtra and Xtra West, among others. I am a past honourable mention of the Writer’s Union of Canada’s short prose contest, and finalist in the Queen’s Alumni Review poetry contest, as well as This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. My poetry has also appeared in Quill’s ‘Lust’ issue and Velvet Avalanche Anthology.
In the summer of 2013 my personal essay, The Short Goodbye, was published in Prairie Fire, where the piece placed second in their non-fiction category. My first novel, The Summer Between, was published in May 2009, by Nightwood Editions. My second novel, STRIP was published in October of 2013.
“Show up for your writing and your writing will show up for you.” –– Andrew Binks
“A story, whether it be novel, short fiction, screenplay, play or poetry or any form of non-fiction, is like an ecosystem in which everything relates and feeds into the life of the story.” –– Andrew Binks
“Don’t get it right, get it written.” –– Maeve Binchy
I live on and am inspired by the ancestral territories of the Huron-Wendat, Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee Peoples, upon which my home is located. We are also adjacent to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on the Bay of Quinte. And while I am mentioning this, I strongly suggest you look into this free course that I think every Canadian and every student in secondary school should take advantage of. It is an eye opener. It really should be compulsory in the public and private school systems. Indigenous Canada