Warren Cariou

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Warren Cariou is a writer and associate professor of English at the University of Manitoba.[1]


Cariou received a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA and PhD from the University of Toronto (1998). In 1999 he published a book of short stories, The Exalted Company of Roadside Martyrs, with Coteau Books. This was followed up in 2002 with his memoir Lake of the Prairies, which gained him a wider audience. It won the 2002 Drainie-Taylor Prize for Biography and was shortlisted for the 2004 Charles Taylor Prize.[2] In 2005 Cariou served on the jury for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize.[3]

Cariou was one of three featured authors in Coming Attractions '95, and has had short stories appear in Stag Line: Stories by Men and Due West, both published by Coteau Books. As well, his fiction was awarded a CBC Literary Competition Prize in 1991.

He grew up on a farm near Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, a place he describes beautifully in Lake of the Prairies. He has worked as a construction labourer, a technical writer and a political advisor. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto and now teaches Aboriginal Literature at the University of Manitoba. He is currently working on a novel entitled Exhaust. Cariou is married to the poet and literature professor Alison Calder.



  • with W'Daub Awae, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Daniel Heath Justice, Lesley Belleau: Speaking True: A Kegedonce Press Anthology. Kegedonce, 2006 ISBN 0978499859


  1. ^ "Faculty of Arts - English, Film and Theatre - Faculty Details: Warren Cariou". University of Manitoba -. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  2. ^ "2004 Finalists". The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary non-fiction. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Authors Barfoot, Bergen on Giller short list". CTV.com. September 28, 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2011.