J.R. McConvey is a writer and media producer working in Toronto, Ontario.

portraitHis fiction has appeared in the 2016 Journey Prize Stories, the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, The Malahat Review, EVENT, Joyland and elsewhere. He is the author of an e-book, The Last Ham, published by House of Anansi Digital. In 2016, he made the CBC Poetry Prize longlist. He sometimes reviews books for The Globe and Mail, contributes to magazines like The Walrus and Canada’s History.

He also works as a media producer, exploring emerging forms such as interactive documentary and virtual reality. His production credits include the Genie and Gemini-winning National Parks Project, the literary documentary, Northwords, and the CSA-nominated Canada 150 project, SESQUI.

  • 2016 CBC Poetry Prize longlist, “Elegy for Jabronis”
  • 2016 Journey Prize shortlist, “How the Grizzly Came to Hang in the Royal Oak Hotel”
  • 2016 Journey Prize longlist, “Home Range”
  • 2015 Jack Hodgins Founders Award for Fiction, “Home Range”
  • 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize, Second Place, “Between the Pickles”
  • 2014 Canadian Screen Award, Nominated, Best Science/Nature Documentary, “Mission Asteroid”
  • 2011 Genie Award for Best Short Documentary, “National Parks Project: Sirmilik”
  • 2011 Gemini Award for Best Performing Arts Documentary Series, The National Parks Project
  • Fellow, 2014/15 TAC Leaders Lab, Toronto Arts Council/Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity

“I see dreamed landscapes as plainly as real ones.”  — Fernando Pessoa