Summer Coaching Program 2023

Press Kit

This page includes the components of an electronic press kit for use by the media and event hosts or organizations. It includes video, an image gallery, and short and long form bios at bottom. You can reach Maurice by email: maurice [at]

Here is the book trailer for Detachment, Maurice’s latest book, created and scripted by Matt Ten Bruggencate:

Here you can listen to Maurice reading several excerpts from Detachment. The first one, “What Dad remembers,” links to two more readings from the book, “Orphans,” and “Postcards to Mom,” by clicking on the images at the end of the first excerpt.


Short Bio

Maurice Mierau is the author of several books of poetry, including Fear Not, which won the ReLit Award in 2009. He was born in Indiana, and grew up in Nigeria, Manitoba, Jamaica, Kansas, and Saskatchewan. He now lives in Winnipeg with his family.

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Long Bio

Maurice Mierau is a writer and editor. His background is Mennonite, and his father was a linguist and teacher who moved the family from Indiana to Nigeria during its civil war, then on to Jamaica, Kansas, Saskatchewan, and back home to Winnipeg, where Maurice now lives with his own family. Maurice is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.

Maurice’s last book, Fear Not (Turnstone), won the prestigious ReLit Award for poetry in 2009. In 2010 he was writer-in-residence at the Winnipeg Public Library. His reviews, creative non-fiction, and poems have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Winnipeg Free Press, and in numerous Canadian literary journals including Arc, CV2, Event, Fiddlehead, Grain, the Malahat Review, the New Quarterly, and Prairie Fire. He is founding editor of the Canadian fiction imprint Enfield & Wizenty, where he published writers such as Richard Van Camp, Méira Cook, and W.P. Kinsella. He is also founding editor of the on-line magazine The Winnipeg Review.

Mierau’s book Memoir of a Living Disease (Great Plains) won the Margaret McWilliams Award for regional history in 2007, and his first collection of poetry, Ending with Music (Brick, 2002), was described by the University of Toronto Quarterly as “a marvellously energetic performance.” He was president of the League of Canadian Poets from 2006-8, and holds an MA in English from the University of Manitoba on Victorian fiction. His next book of poems will appear with Palimpsest in fall 2015.

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