Carol Matthews

Carol Matthews has worked as a social worker, community worker, and Dean of Human Services and Community Education at Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University) between 1988 and 1999. In 1999, she was awarded the Association of Community Colleges National Award for Excellence in Leadership. In addition to teaching and consulting activities, she has served as a director on a number of local and provincial boards and committees. In 2008 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from Vancouver Island University (VIU). In 2012, was awarded the Order of B.C. in recognition of achievement and commitment to her local community, and in January of 2013, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Her short stories have appeared in a number of literary publications, including Grain Magazine, Prism, Room and The New Quarterly, and she is the winner of the 2017 Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. She frequently publishes reviews in Malahat and Event and has also published articles in several educational journals. Articles published in the Journal of Relational Child and Youth Care Practice were collected and published as The First Three Years of a Grandmother's Life (2006). A collection of short fiction, Incidental Music was published by Oolichan Books (2007). Reflections on the C-Word: At the Centre of the Cancer Labyrinth, a cancer memoir, was published by Hedgerow Press (2007). Questions for Ariadne: The Labyrinth and the End of Times was published by Outlaw Editions (2011) and will be re-published by Oolichan Books in 2018. With Liza Potvin she has co-authored an epistolary account called Dog Days (2010) and she has also edited a collection of dog poetry called Victor’s Verses (2002). Minerva's Owl: The Bereavement Stage of My Marriage (2017) is her latest release with Oolichan.

By the Author:
Incidental Music
Minerva's Owl: The Bereavement Phase of My Marriage

“When stories are told wisely and with compassion for the characters, we are drawn in by them as we are by a good teacher: willingly and with a desire to hear more. In this quietly assured début collection, Carol Matthews leads us artfully into the lives of Tannis and Stephen, Caitlin and Paul, Diane and Warren, Frances and David, couples who cope with their past, with the darkness that looms, pausing often to contemplate the joys that stay with them: food, sex, friends, art and the sweet familiarity of the music they have always loved. What we come away with is rich. What we come away with is true.”—Terence Young