Marnie Woodrow

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Marnie Woodrow
Born 1969
Orillia, Ontario
Occupation writer
Nationality Canadian
Genre novelist, short stories
Notable works Spelling Mississippi, Heyday

Marnie Woodrow (born 1969 in Orillia, Ontario) is a Canadian writer[1] and editor. She has also worked as a researcher/writer for TV and radio.

Woodrow has published two short fiction collections, Why We Close Our Eyes When We Kiss in 1991[2] and In the Spice House in 1996,[3] before publishing her debut novel Spelling Mississippi in 2002.[4] Spelling Mississippi was shortlisted for the First Novel Award in 2003.[5]

Woodrow was mentored in her early writing career by the late Timothy Findley.[6] She has also been a columnist for Xtra!, Toronto's gay and lesbian biweekly newspaper.[2] Her occasional journalism, essays, stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications including The Globe and Mail, National Post, CV2, Write, NOW, eye weekly and This Magazine.

A former resident of Toronto, she now resides in Hamilton, where she teaches creative writing at an independent bookstore and online. A former writing instructor at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, she won an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005.

Her second novel, Heyday, was published in 2015 by Tightrope Books.[7]


  1. ^ Coulson, Sandra (7 July 2003). "Woodrow, Keith to read in London". London Free Press. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Mystery, love and aggravation: Marnie Woodrow's first novel has all of these, and more. Just don't call it a lesbian story". Ottawa Citizen, May 8, 2002.
  3. ^ "Writer cooks up fanciful, metaphorical stew". Toronto Star, July 20, 1996.
  4. ^ "A Canadian in New Orleans: The hype around: Marnie Woodrow's debut novel is justified". Vancouver Sun, March 23, 2002.
  5. ^ "Homesick author wins first novel award". Toronto Star, October 9, 2003.
  6. ^ "Accolades, tears for Findley". The Globe and Mail, October 24, 2001.
  7. ^ "Heyday, by Marnie Woodrow". Quill & Quire, December 2015.