Angie Abdou, PhD

Associate Professor, Creative Writing


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    Research Interests

    I am a creative writer whose work has covered a range of topics, but with a particular interest in sport. My academic work tends to be on creative writing, also with a focus on sport literature.

    Personal profile

    Angie Abdou holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from University of Calgary and has published seven books (and edited two collections of essays). Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2011. Her most recent novel, In Case I Go (2017), was a finalist for the 2017 Banff Mountain Book Award in the fiction and poetry category. Of In Case I Go, Vancouver Sun says: “A spectacularly successful novel. This book is highly recommended to anyone who cares about strong, moving fiction and about social justice.” Chatelaine Magazine named it one of 2017’s most riveting mystery novels. Angie's first book of nonfiction, a memoir called Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom, was featured on CBC’s Sunday Edition and CTV’s The Social. It hit the Canadian bestseller list and the #1 spot on Amazon Canada’s bestselling hockey books. Of Home Ice, a starred review in New York’s Booklist claims: “The book is a first-rate memoir and a fine example of narrative nonfiction. It's also a must-read for parents with youngsters who play organized sports.” She recently released a mother-daughter-wilderness memoir called This One Wild Life. Marni Jackson says: “This One Wild Life is written with great honesty, insight, and love. Nature needs more friends (and mothers) like Angie Abdou!” Angie Abdou is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Calgary

    … → 2009

    M.A, University of Western Ontario (Western)

    … → 1992

    B.A. Hons, University of Regina

    … → 1991

    External positions

    Board member and Program Committee member, Saskatchewan Festival of Words

    15 Jan. 2023 → …

    President, Sport Literature Association

    1 Jun. 202230 Jun. 2023

    Program Director, Fernie Library

    1 Sep. 2011 → …

    Columnist, CBC, The Next Chapter


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