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Alix Ohlin is a Canadian novelist and short-story writer. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She currently lives in Vancouver.

Alix Ohlin
BornMontreal, Quebec
Notable worksInside



On January 1, 2018, Ohlin became the chair of The University of British Columbia's creative writing program in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to her appointment as chair, Ohlin also joined the program as an associate professor where she specializes in teaching fiction, screenwriting, and environmental writing, as well as serving as a mentor to younger writers.[1]

Most recently, Ohlin taught at McGill University as the Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence for 2016-17. Ohlin was previously an English professor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, a faculty member in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.[2] in North Carolina, and has taught writing at the New York State Summer Writers Institute.

Ohlin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an English and American Literature and Language degree in 1992 and earned a master's in fine arts degree in writing from the Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin in 2001.[1]

Ohlin published her debut novel The Missing Person in 2006, and followed up with the short story collection Babylon and Other Stories in 2007. Her second novel, Inside, and her second short story collection, Signs and Wonders, were both published on the same day in 2012.[3] Inside was a shortlisted nominee for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.[4]

Her newest novel, Dual Citizens, is slated for publication in 2019.[5]


  • The Missing Person (2006, ISBN 9781400031382)
  • Babylon and Other Stories (2007, ISBN 9781400031399)
  • Inside (2012, ISBN 9780307596925)
  • Signs and Wonders (2012, ISBN 9780307743794)
  • Dual Citizens (2019)


  1. ^ a b 20, Media Release | June; 2017 (20 June 2017). "Alix Ohlin named new chair of creative writing program". UBC News. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  2. ^ Dean Bakopoulos, "On Not Letting Go: An Interview with Alix Ohlin". Fiction Writers Review, 30 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Montreal-born novelist Alix Ohlin goes deep Inside". Calgary Herald, 10 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Scotiabank Giller Prize short list announced". Toronto Star, 1 October 2012.
  5. ^ "28 works of Canadian fiction to watch for in spring 2019". CBC Books, January 25, 2019.

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