Katie Zdybel’s first collection of short stories, titled Equipoise, was shortlisted for the 2018 HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. She is the winner of the 2018 Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award and the 2017 UBC Brissenden award for excellence in creative writing, as well as two Yukon Advanced Artist Awards. She is published in The New Quarterly, PRISM International, The Northern Review, CBC Canada Writes, and elsewhere. Currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing through UBC, she is also a graduate of the Humber College Creative Writing by Correspondence Program.
The short stories of Equipoise explore the invisible bowlines that tie people together. A young woman forms her own idea of feminine sexuality while skinny-dipping during a thunderstorm; a naive bride returns to her beloved Ontario farm country and suddenly sees her husband in a sobering new light; a middle-aged woman facing her last chance at motherhood flees North only to be confronted with unexpected complexities of life in the Yukon. The heroines of these stories are fastened to other women as well as contoured by their geography.