BA (Hons.) (Dal), MA (Journalism) (Western)
Elaine McCluskey has worked in print, radio and television. Her first job after graduation was with the Halifax Chronicle Herald as a beat reporter. She then worked for CBC-TV as a regional correspondent before joining The Canadian Press in Halifax, where she became legislative reporter, news editor and Atlantic bureau chief. While at CP, Elaine covered major stories, including the Ocean Ranger tragedy and the Gander air crash.
After leaving CP, Elaine became an award-winning fiction author. She has published a novel and two short story collections. A fourth book, entitled Hello, Sweetheart, is scheduled for release in the autumn of 2014. It is a collection of 20 stories with a strong regional voice. Critics have described Elaine’s writing as darkly humorous, displaying the “quintessential Canadian ability to mock ourselves and others as a form of social and personal healing.”
Elaine’s short stories have appeared in many of Canada’s leading literary journals as well as anthologies. Several are contest winners. Elaine has been invited to read at events such as the Leacock Festival and the Frye Festival.
To stay current in journalism, Elaine has worked as a copy editor and a writing coach. Her husband is a photojournalist with CP. Check out her website.
- The Watermelon Social. Gaspereau Press, 2006.
- Going Fast. Goose Lane Editions, 2009.
- Valery the Great. Anvil Press, 2012.
- Over 20 short stories have been published in journals, including The Dalhousie Review, Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, Room, Other Voices, subTerrain, Riddle Fence, Front & Centre.
- Stories in anthologies such as The Journey Prize Stories and The 2013 Fish Anthology (Ireland).
Sprint kayak racing. Elaine competed; she has a daughter on Canada’s national team; her son raced for Canada at Junior Worlds in Moscow. Elaine also volunteered as a swim official. Fiction writing.