Edna Alford

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Edna Alford (born 19 Nov 1947 in Turtleford, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian author and editor. As a writer she is known for the collections A Sleep Full of Dreams and The Garden of Eloise Loon. She has also won the Marian Engel Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. As an editor she co-founded the magazine Dandelion and edited fiction for Grain from 1985-1990. [1] Edna was born to George and Edith Sample and was the second eldest of the children aside from brother Stanley. She also has brothers Lorne (deased) and Gregory as well as a younger sister Beth. Edna is currently married to internationally known theoretical mathematician Richard Cushman.

Jeremy LaLonde describes Alford's first short story collection, A Sleep Full of Dreams, as a narrative of community.[2] "On a thematic level, what distinguishes A Sleep Full of Dreams from other narratives of community is that the community it portrays (a retirement home) has rarely been depicted in a sustained way or with such stark realism," LaLonde writes.[3] He also calls the collection "exemplary in its use of imagistic links."[4]


  • W. H. New, ed. Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.
  • Lalonde, Jeremy. Narrative Community in Edna Alford’s A Sleep Full of Dreams. Studies in Canadian Literature. Volume 29, Number 2 (2004).

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