robert mcgill

Robert McGill was born in Wiarton, Ontario. After studying at Queen’s University, he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, then completed the MA program in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. 

Upon earning a PhD in English at the University of Toronto, Robert moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to take up a Junior Fellowship with the Harvard Society of Fellows. He now teaches Creative Writing and Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.

Robert’s first novel, The Mysteries, was named one of the top five Canadian fiction books of 2004 by Quill & Quire. His second novel, Once We Had a Country, is published in Canada by Knopf and in the UK by Jonathan Cape. His nonfiction book, The Treacherous Imagination: Intimacy, Ethics, and Autobiographical Fiction, is published by The Ohio State University Press. 

Robert has published short fiction in Hazlitt, The Journey Prize Anthology, Toronto Life, and literary journals including Descant, The Fiddlehead, and Grain. His nonfiction has appeared in the National Post and The Toronto Star, as well as on CBC Radio One.

View Robert McGill’s faculty profile at the Department of English, University of Toronto.

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