Faculty Critical and Creative Studies

W. Mark Giles

Sessional Instructor, Liberal Studies

W. Mark Giles, descendant of settlers and itinerants, lives on Turtle Island, in Calgary, on traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, who include the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations.


“On the road there was a man with a bundle on his back and a woman carrying her baby; in the field she could see figures moving—perhaps the shepherd with his dog. Far off in the bending sky was the pearly light; and she felt the largeness of the world and the manifold wakings of men to labor and endurance. She was a part of that involuntary, palpitating life, and could neither look out on it from her luxurious shelter as a mere spectator, nor hide her eyes in selfish complaining.”

—Three breathtaking sentences from George Eliot, Middlemarch

I offer acknowledgement to the original dwellers, and my gratitude. I hope I can learn to learn from this land. I have written two books of award-winning fiction, “Knucklehead” and “Seep,” both published by the amazing Brian Kaufman at Anvil Press in Vancouver. I have published stories and poems, presented visual poetry, performed, and made presentations in venues in Canada and the U.S.A.


Ph.D. English, Canadian Literature and Creative Writing, U of Calgary

M.A. English, Canadian Literature, U of Calgary

B.A. (Hons.) English, U of Alberta

Selected Publications

“The Blue Vault of Morning,” short film [in production, 2018] 

“Seep: A Novel,” Anvil Press, 2015 

“Knucklehead & other stories,” Anvil Press, 2004 

Other: short fiction, poetry, reviews, essays; writing and performing drama; conference papers in areas of CanLit, writing pedagogy, ecocriticism.