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Alix Ohlin appointed new chair of UBC’s creative-writing program

AlixOhlinMontreal-born author Alix Ohlin has been named incoming chair of the University of British Columbia’s creative-writing program.

Ohlin, who currently resides in Easton, Pennsylvania, teaches English at Lafayette College and is a faculty member of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers in North Carolina. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Ohlin replaces former chair Steven Galloway, who was fired from the position in June 2016 following an internal investigation over an undisclosed allegation against him. Annabel Lyon and Linda Svendsen replaced Galloway as acting program co-chairs. Svendsen will continue in her role as acting chair until Dec. 31. Ohlin will also join the faculty as associate professor.

Ohlin’s novel Inside and short-story collection Signs and Wonders were released simultaneously in 2012 by House of Anansi Press. Inside was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. In 1992, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an English and American Literature and Language degree, and in 2001, received her MFA in writing from the Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin.