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Bruce Hunter is the author of seven books and a teacher in English, Creative Writing, and Liberal Arts. Hunter, the oldest of seven children, was born in raised in Calgary, Alberta and currently lives in Ontario. Hunter worked in Calgary as a gardener, labourer, and nightwatchman for fifteen years before winning a scholarship to the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1978, where he studied creative writing with W.O. Mitchell. Hunter went on to attend York University in his late twenties, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours in 1983.
Hunter went on to teach at York University, the Banff School of Fine Arts and, from 1986 to 2012, taught a wide variety of English and Liberal Studies courses at Seneca College. He has also taught workshops on poetry, spoken word, and creativity and served as a Writer in Residence at the Calgary Public Library, the Richmond Public Library, and the Banff Centre for the Writers' Guild of Alberta. Hunter has also worked as a reviewer for several publications and served as the poetry reviews editor and columnist for the publication Cross Canada Writers' Quarterly for four years in the 1980s.
Hunter was deafened as an infant due to a bout of pneumonia, is a an advocate for people with disabilities and a prominent member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
Hunter is the author of a collection of short stories titled Country Music Country, published in 1996, a novel, In The Bear's House, published in 2009, as well as five books of poetry:
Selected Canadian Rifles, published 1981; Benchmark, published 1982; The Beekeeper's Daughter, published 1986; Coming Home From Home, published 2000; and Two O'Clock Creek, published 2010. His novel, In The Bear's House, won the 2009 Canadian Rockies Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival and his 2010 book of poetry, Two O'Clock Creek, won the Acorn-Plantos Peoples' Poetry award. Hunter's poetry has also been published in several anthologies and journals and his work has been broadcast on CBC radio.
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