Richard Kelly Kemick
Richard Kelly Kemick’s poetry and prose have been published in literary magazines and journals across North America, including The Walrus, The New Quarterly, This Magazine, Numéro Cinq, and Taddle Creek. His many awards include two National Magazine Awards, the Norma Epstein Award, and most recently, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s 2019 Howard O’Hagan Award for Best Short Story. His debut poetry collection, Caribou Run, was published to critical acclaim in 2016 and selected by the CBC as one of the season’s Must Read Collections.
Kemick’s book is that delicious cross between Waiting for Guffman and The Studhorse Man, a rousing personal comedy that dances between the sweat of art and the glue of experience. Nothing like it exists in non-fiction, but don’t read it for that reason. Read it because it sticks to your fingers and you can’t shake it off.” — Dave Bidini