Gerard Collins is a New Brunswick-based writer, originally from Newfoundland, whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2013 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the 2014 NL Heritage and History Award, and has won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. His short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the 2012 NL Book Award.
Gerard regularly serves on juries of writing and granting competitions while mentoring poets and writers who show great promise. He lives in a cottage beside a lake in southern New Brunswick where he teaches university courses by distance and is writing a new short story collection, a memoir, and a novel.
A lecturer at Memorial University for nearly two decades and an occasional lecturer at University of New Brunswick, Gerard has a Ph.D. in American (Gothic) literature. He has recently hosted retreats in Ireland (2017), Lunenburg (2016) and Saint John, NB (2016), among others. A featured workshop leader at both the 2015 and 2016 WFNB Wordspring, Gerard was also faculty at the Piper's Frith in 2014 and has led workshops in Canada and Europe, including a recent invitation to lecture creative writing students at Newcastle University, UK.
Gerard has won numerous arts and letters awards for fiction, published in journals and anthologies, garnered unanimously positive reviews and arts grants, had his short stories taught in multiple university courses, and his first novel has been placed in high school learning resource centres across Newfoundland and Labrador.