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Michael Helm

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Department of English

Associate Professor

Office: Atkinson Building, 628
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 20347
Email: mhelm@yorku.ca


Michael Helm is a novelist and essayist. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate fiction writing, poetry writing, and literature in programs in Canada and the US. He’s served on the faculty of the Banff Centre for the Arts, and as Snider Visiting Artist at the University of Toronto. In 2019 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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The Writers' Trust Fiction Prize citation calls Michael Helm's new novel, After James, "a warning, a lament, a virtuoso engagement with our times" and "a singular, puzzle-box of a novel delivered in gorgeous prose." His other novels are Cities of Refuge, a Writers' Trust finalist and a Globe and Mail and Now magazine Best Book of the Year; The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award; and In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction in 2019. His writings on fiction, poetry, and the visual arts have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including Tin House and Brick, where he's an editor.

Degrees

M.A, University of Toronto
B.A., University of Saskatchewan

Michael Helm is a novelist and essayist. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate fiction writing, poetry writing, and literature in programs in Canada and the US. He’s served on the faculty of the Banff Centre for the Arts, and as Snider Visiting Artist at the University of Toronto. In 2019 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The Writers' Trust Fiction Prize citation calls Michael Helm's new novel, After James, "a warning, a lament, a virtuoso engagement with our times" and "a singular, puzzle-box of a novel delivered in gorgeous prose." His other novels are Cities of Refuge, a Writers' Trust finalist and a Globe and Mail and Now magazine Best Book of the Year; The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award; and In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction in 2019. His writings on fiction, poetry, and the visual arts have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including Tin House and Brick, where he's an editor.

Degrees

M.A, University of Toronto
B.A., University of Saskatchewan