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.
He's 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.
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 literature. He has also taught creative writing workshops across Atlantic Canada and, most recently, led a retreat of nearly twenty writers to Ireland for ten days. Gerard is the founder of Go and Write! writing retreats, which brings writers to select destinations in order to find inspiration in unique surroundings.
As well, he's served on juries of writing and granting competitions. Gerard lives in a cottage beside a lake in southern New Brunswick where he teaches university courses by distance and is writing both a new short story collection and a novel.