British Columbia-born Margôt Maddison-MacFadyen has made Prince Edward Island her home. Her poems, short stories, and essays appear nationally and internationally in both cultural and scholarly journals, and her work is anthologized. She co-edited A Gathering of TWiGS, winner of the 2014 PEI Book Award for Poetry, and she’s won prizes in the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards. More recently, she won the 2017 Alfred G. Bailey Prize for her poetry manuscript From Hollyburn Mountain: A Memoir of My Family, Places, and Ghosts, and the 2017 Harry Buller Prize for her independently-published novella Mary: A Story of Young Mary Prince.
In 2015, Maddison-MacFadyen, and her sister Brenda Hewer, a designer, established Sisters Publishing, a platform for their independently-published books. They maintain a website at sisterspublishing.com. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre selected their first title, When the Circus Comes to Town and Other Stories, and the more recent Mary: A Story of Young Mary Prince, for inclusion in Best Books for Kids and Teens, Spring 2016 and Fall 2017 respectively. Both books are authored by Maddison-MacFadyen.
Formerly a high school English and Math teacher, Maddison-MacFadyen recently graduated with an Interdisciplinary PhD from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Currently, she is a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Nipissing University, Ontario.