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Alix Ohlin is a Canadian novelist and short-story writer. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She 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, was published in 2019.[5] It was shortlisted for the 2019 Giller Prize[6] and the 2019 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.[7]


  • 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)


2012 Giller Prize shortlist

2012 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize shortlist

2019 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize shortlist

2019 Giller Prize shortlist


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