Amber McMillan


Amber McMillan is the author of the memoir The Woods: A Year on Protection Island (2016) and the poetry collection We Can’t Ever Do This Again (2015). In 2017, she won a Penguin Random House award for fiction and was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in Maisonneuve, Arc, Global Poetry Anthology, Room, The Walrus and other publications across North America. She lives in New Brunswick and works as editor at Nightwood Editions.

Amber’s debut collection of short fiction, THE RUNNING TREES, asks what constitutes truth, opinion and fact, tapping into the zeitgeist of the current socio-political climate of language-based communication (texting, email). A telephone call between lovers, a confrontation between a child and her mother, even an existential discussion between talking cats. When the truth is unknown or unclear, how do we arrive at an acceptable alternative? These stories ask, in the murky terrain of feeling and memory, what’s real?