David Huebert

David Huebert

MFA Mentor, Fiction

David Huebert David Huebert

A settler writer, educator and critic from Kjipuktuk (Halifax), David Huebert (he/him) is the author of two books of fiction, two poetry collections and the forthcoming eco-gothic novel, Oil People (McClelland & Steward, 2024), sold in an exclusive pre-emptive submission as part of a two-book deal.

David’s fiction has won the CBC Short Story Prize, been a Journey Prize finalist, and twice been a National Magazine Award nominee. David’s fiction debut, Peninsula Sinking, won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize, and was runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. His latest book, Chemical Valley, (Biblioasis 2021), won the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction and was nominated for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the ReLit Award and the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature.

In 2018, David completed a PhD on human-animal relations in American literature from Western University. David’s writing and thinking across multiple genres explores the grimy underbelly of ecological thinking—of polluted beauty and toxic joy. He has taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate level at Dalhousie University and The University of New Brunswick, where he has served as Co-Director of Creative Writing. David is represented by Ron Eckel of CookeMcDermid Literary Management.

David has also worked in publishing, as a magazine editor (for The Fiddlehead) and a publisher sales representative. On his bookshelf you will find cherished works by David Mitchell, Toni Morrison, Tommy Orange and William Faulkner alongside sci-fi, fantasy and horror favourites like The HobbitThe Fifth Season and The Wizard of Earthsea.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Environmental Humanities
  • Animal studies
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Gender theory
  • Creative writing

Selected Publications