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 at the University of Toronto, where he is the director of the MA Program in English in the Field of Creative Writing. In 2018, he was named a co-winner of the Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award by CCWWP (Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs).
Robert’s first novel, The Mysteries, was named one of the top five Canadian fiction books of the year by Quill & Quire. His second novel, Once We Had a Country, was named a book of the year by reviewers in the National Post and the Montreal Gazette. In his book The Treacherous Imagination: Intimacy, Ethics, and Autobiographical Fiction, he discusses the ethics of authors writing fiction based on their loved ones' lives. In War Is Here: The Vietnam War and Canadian Literature, he examines the war's influence on Canadian writing and identity from the 1960s to the present day.
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, The Toronto Star, and The Walrus, as well as on CBC Radio One.
View Robert McGill’s faculty profile at the Department of English, University of Toronto.