A. S. Penne

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A.S. Penne has worked as a pizza joint waitress, a fruit picker, a Greek math word processing specialist (really), and a law firm receptionist.  Her view of the world has been shaped by living at various times in Montreal, Montpellier (France), London, Sacramento, Glasgow and Gloucestershire.  

Penne has an MFA from UBC’s Department of Creative Writing and has been a participant at both the Iowa Writers Workshop and the Banff Writing Studio.  She is the author of two books and numerous fiction and nonfiction works published in literary journals, periodicals and anthologies.  An excerpt from her literary nonfiction book, Old Stones (TouchWood Editions, Victoria, 2002) was shortlisted for the Western Magazine Awards and several stories from the short fiction collection, Reckoning (Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, 2008), have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the UK’s acclaimed Ian St James Award and the USA’s Writers’ Digest award.  She has been a finalist in CBC’s Canada Writes (2013) and the Women’s Playwrites International competition (Sweden, 2012).   

Currently at work on a novel as well as researching documents for a second creative nonfiction project, Penne also facilitates the Halfmoon Bay Writers Workshop on BC’s Sunshine Coast.


In The Blood, filling station,  Calgary, 2015.

A Year of Coming Home, Everything is So Political, Roseway Publishing, Halifax,2013.

In The Hands of a Pro:  Mrs. Somebody Somebody (Tracy Winn), Cerise Press, Vol. 13 – Issue 8, Fall/Winter 2011.

The Forest, The Trees, www.wordstogopodcast.com (Podcast #23), December 2, 2010.

Heightened Sense of Distance:  Journal of a Prairie Year (Paul Gruchow), http://www.powells.com/review/2010_08_22

The Old Familiar (Alix Hawley), Wascana Review, Volume 42, Number 1, Summer 2010.

Windfall, Pages of Stories, Volume 1, Calgary, 2010.

Heightened Sense of Distance:  Journal of a Prairie Year (Paul Gruchow), Cerise Press, Vol. 2 Issue 4, 2010

A Year of Coming Home, The Lounge Companion: Volume 2, Lion Press, London, 2010.

Why Not Saskatchewan?, Pure Energy Magazine, Saskatoon, SK, July 2009.  

Gently This Night, All Rights Reserved, Mt. St. Vincent, NS, February 2008.

Reckoning, Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, MB, 2008 (short fiction collection: approx. 200 pp).

Paths of Ascent, New Orphic Review, Nelson, September 2007.

Dakota Ridge, Cross Country Skier, October 2007.

Moving In, All Rights Reserved, Mt St Vincent, NS, May 2007.

Long Road Home, Nuggets, Vol. I No.6, North Wind Press, Toronto, February 2007.

Summer About to Happen, Nuggets, Vol. I No.5, North Wind Press, Toronto, February 2007.

Things You Don’t Know About Goldfish, WordWorks, Vancouver:  Fall 2005.

Playing God, Western Living, August 2005.

The Forest, The Trees, The Fed Anthology, Anvil Press, Vancouver, June 2003.

Old Stones,TouchWood Editions, Horsdal & Schubart,  Victoria, BC, November, 2002.

Syncopation, paperplates, www.paperplates.org , (Vol. 5, No. 2) Spring 2002.

Book Review:  Mercy Among The Children (David Adams Richards), Coast Reporter, October 28, 2001.

Book Review:  Too Close To The Falls (Catherine Gildiner), Coast Reporter, October 28, 2001.

Last Walk, Pottersfield Portfolio (Vol. 22, #1), Sydney, NS, Autumn/Winter 2001.

Once City, NeWest Review (Vol 26, #2) Saskatoon, SK, July 2001.

Pride Before A Fall, Our Forest Community, Sunshine Coast Forest Coalition Quarterly, May 4, 2001.

Another Version of the Truth , Challenges, Edmonton House Publishers, Edmonton, 2001 (forthcoming).

The Right One, Iceberg Anthology, Quarry Hill Publishing,  Cheshire (UK), July 2000.

Bagdog Blues, Pottersfield Portfolio, (Vol. 20, #1), Sydney, N.S., Autumn 1999.

Post-Ignition Combustion, Pottersfield Portfolio (Vol. 20, #1), Sydney, N.S., Autumn 1999.

Fraser Canyon Summers, Pottersfield Portfolio (Vol. 20, #1), Sydney, N.S., Autumn 1999.

Dark Journey  (Creative nonfiction contest winner), Prairie Fire (Vol. 20, No.3) Winnipeg, 1999.

Do You Remember?, The Antigonish Review, (No. 118) Antigonish, N.S., Summer 1999

A Different Kind of Wanting, The Amethyst Review, Marcasite Press, Truro, 1998.

Homing Instinct, Pleasure Vessels, Angela Royal Publishing, London, 1997.

How to Take a Lover, The Southern Anthology, Lafayette, 1995.

The Possibility of Jack, Brought to Book, Harper-Collins, London, 1994.

Doing Life, Fugue, University of B.C., 1994.

What’s A Mother to Do?, Canadian Writers’ Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, Victoria, B.C., 1993.

Smelling the Roses, Fugue, University of B.C., 1993

Penne, A.S.:  Selected Publications (cont’d)

Towards a Deregulation of Education, The Vancouver Gazette, Vol. 1, No. 1, Vancouver, B.C. 1992

For This Food: Where’s The Thanks?, Single Parent, November/December 1988.

A Tenderfoot’s Guide to the West Coast Trail, Explore, July/August 1987.



The Progress of Night:  When a mother abandons her children, is it morality or fear that governs social response?  Extrapolating from Hilary Clinton’s infamous statement that “It takes a village to raise a child,” this novel challenges the premise that parents alone are responsible for raising the next generation.  

Family Plot:  a collection of linked creative nonfiction essays and stories from the days of early settlement on Vancouver Island and the Fraser River.  



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