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Wayne Curtis was born near Blackville, New Brunswick, in 1943. He was educated at the local schoolhouse and St. Thomas University where he majored in English. He started writing prose in the late 1960s. Books In Canada described his work as “A pleasure to read, for no detail escapes his discerning eye.” He is twice winner of the Richards Award for short fiction as well as the Woodcock Award, the CBC Drama Award, and A and B Grants from New Brunswick Arts Board, and The Canada Council for the Arts. He has been a contributor to several newspapers including The National Post and The Globe and Mail as well as the magazines Quill and Quire, Outdoor Canada, The Fly Fisherman (USA), Atlantic Insight, The Atlantic Advocate and The Atlantic Salmon Journal. His stories have appeared in literary journals; The Fiddlehead, The Cormorant, Pottersfield Portfolio, Nashwaak Review, Antigonish Review, Origins Literary Journal, New Brunswick Reader, New Maritimes and in the anthologies, Atlantica, STUReader and Country Roads, a national collection of rural essays. His short stories have been dramatized on CBC radio and for CBC television. In the spring of 2005 Wayne Curtis received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from St Thomas University. He has lived in southern Ontario, the Yukon and Cuba. He currently divides his time between the Miramichi River and Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Author Wayne Curtis

Goose Lane Editions

Currents In The Stream is an affectionate portrait of the Miramichi by a son of the river. Wayne Curtis describes communities from Juniper to Loggieville and some of the notable people and events which have contributed to the story of this special region.

Writing about founders and settlers, poets and musicians, politicians and poachers, as well as the ballads and songs that draw on the Irish tradition, Curtis offers an introduction to the vivid history of the Miramichi Valley.

Goose Lane Editions

One Indian Summer is a powerful and eloquent novel about a boy whose coming-of-age on the Miramichi River coincides with the death of his father and the end of the family farm.

"This is very fine writing. Its closeness to detail vibrates with an honesty which bears witness to lives lived humbly and poignantly. It resonates with truth, and the insights are of a very high order. Wayne Curtis is a splendid writer." ~ Alister MacLeod

"When I read this novel, I was struck by the maturity, intelligence and sensitivity of its author. In it Wayne Curtis conveys the essence of what it is like to grow up in the Miramichi valley during the years following World War ll." ~ Fred Cogswell

Goose Lane Editions

In Fishing the Miramichi, Wayne Curtis shares stories from decades of fishing and guiding. Setting his angling tips and character sketches of outfitters and guides within the context of responsible sportsmanship, he composes a lyrical tribute to the river that he calls home.

"The best little book about the Miramichi you're likely to find for many seasons to come." ~ Atlantic Salmon Journal

Goose Lane Editions

More than twenty of the Miramichi River's most experienced guides told Wayne Curtis their best stories for River Guides of the Miramichi. Guides including Renate Bullock, Eugene Harris, Ernest Long, Bill MacKay, and the author's own father John Curtis, show the strength, skill, sense of humour, and love of the river and its great Atlantic salmon that have become famous throughout the angling world.

"A garland of local lore gathered by a fishing poet." ~ Gene Hill, Field & Stream

Nimbus Publishing
Wayne Curtis' short story collection Preferred Lies explores the underlying tension between his characters' inner passions and persona they present to the world. The complexity of relationships from childhood through old age shapes their lives and both helps and hinders their freedom to become, essentially, themselves. Poignant and tender, these stories carry their characters along myriad paths to self-deception about who they are and what they need.

"The prose of Wayne Curtis is beautiful to read, for no detail escapes his discerning eye."~ Books in Canada

Nimbus Publishing
In Last Stand, we discover that clear-cutting applies not only to forests but to the human heart: the result - a barren landscape - is the same. Just as age-old trees are felled by modern equipment, so do history and heredity conspire to undermine intention and desire. We might expect that tracing family roots in familiar territory would leave small margin for the same failures, but we find that human folly is no student of history. Curtis illustrates with prose as clear and steady as the river that travels through it that we are all too easy prey to our own demons.

"A sensitive and insightful writer of the short story, Curtis' prose has a solid core and a rhythm that carries the reader along." ~ Sinclair Ross

Nimbus Publishing
Whether depicting the loss of childhood loves, the comic campfire talk of once-a-year visitors, or one man’s desperate mid-life struggle to bring home a fish, Curtis portrays the growing pains of his Miramichi people with empathy, humour, and vivid description in stories held together by the rhythm of his language, by the voice of the river itself.

"Curtis has an eye for the telling detail, giving us the most information in the fewest possible words." ~ New Brunswick Reader

Bawdy House Press
Green Lightening, Some of these poems appeared in literary journals such as the New Muse and Cormorant. Others have appeared in the New Brunswick Reader. Many have been read by the author on CBC Radio in his Post Card Series in the autumn of 2001.

"Wayne Curtis has a warmth in his command of language and a genuine insight in his description of place and time." ~ David Adams Richard


Dreamcatcher Publishing
In Monkeys in a Looking Glass, Curtis draws upon his travels to give readers a portrait of the young Che Guevara in love for the first time and to describe the fear and exhilaration of Pamplona's "running of the bulls." At the same time, he applies his discerning eye to things closer to home: a man searching for his family roots in the goldfields of the Yukon; and ex-convict looking for love at a singles' dance, a young family chasing a dream in rural New Brunswick. Readers will finish this book knowing a good deal more about the human condition than when they started.

"A seductive storyteller wholly immersed in the world he vividly creates, Curtis reveals himself to be a lyrical and sensuous stylist." ~ The Globe and Mail

Goose Lane Editions
Wild Apples marks Wayne Curtis’s return to the embrace of home and the colourful lives of the people who inspire him. Simple pleasures, like fishing on the Miramichi River, and even chores--cutting wood, planting beans, and picking crabapples--call forth homespun recollections. The birth of his sister at Christmastime, the story of his mother in her own words, and a memorable trip to the circus embody unexpected moments of family love. His meditations on public figures, such as Robert Frost and Lord Beaverbrook, cast a new, humane light on these icons.

"Curtis' prose is more true to life than most current short fiction." ~ Quill and Quire

Lion's Head Press
Night Train to Havana , Night Train to Havana is a riveting story of love and deception set in a land still scarred by the hardships of a forty year revolution. Part travelogue, part love story, it follows one man's journey into the clutches of seduction, revealing much about the collision of global politics and human desire.

Wayne Curtis has travelled frequently to Cuba to observe first hand the struggles and triumphs of the Cuban people.

"A seductive storyteller wholly immersed in the world he vividly creates, Curtis reveals himself to be a lyrical and sensuous stylist." ~ The Globe and Mail

Pottersfield Press
Long Ago and Far Away , is a memoir set in the Miramichi. It reflects how a family lived and prospered through the late 1880s, when Wayne Curtis''s grandfather was a young man. The story follows the lives of Wayne and his father, chronicling Wayne''s youth and adult years in rural New Brunswick. He brings back to life an extraordinary time and place and reflects upon the changes that have all but erased those days gone by. The memoir tells the story of the rough and rowdy Miramichi of the past when the hunting and killing of wild animals was very much the norm and people struggled to survive off the land.

"Of all Canadian writers, Wayne Curtis is the one I keep coming back to. He is perhaps the greatest unsung talent in the country." ~ David Adams Richards

Goose Lane Editions
Of Earthly and River Things: An Angler's Memoir , Wayne Curtis voyages back through the tributaries of his past, throwing a pastoral net over the backwaters of his childhood to ensnare the sepia-tinged moments of love, loss, and life lessons gleaned through his rise to maturity on the waterways of New Brunswick.

Fall 2014
Pottersfield Press
Sleigh Tracks in New Snow: Maritime Christmas Stories , is a collection of Christmas stories set mostly in rural New Brunswick - principally the Miramichi Region - in a bygone day and age. The stories range from the early 1950s to the 21st century, as Wayne Curtis recounts the old Christmases of his boyhood and more modern incarnations of the holiday. In this entertaining book, Curtis honours the deeply held traditions and rituals that made celebrating Christmas such a special time for his family and community.

March 2016
Pottersfield Press
In The Country , is a collection of Wayne Curtis’s unflinching but lovingly told stories of the hardships of rural life for his generation. Despite an abiding love for the natural settings in which he himself grew up, Wayne describes the restrictions facing young people who yearned for a life beyond the farm. Country life, with its tranquility and beauty, its seasonal rhythms and gifts, also held many boys and girls back from achieving their potential.

September 2017
Pottersfield Press
Home Coming , is Wayne Curtis’s seventeenth book is a series of thirteen short stories, all of which have the theme of coming back home, both physically and or spiritually. “The word ‘home’ can be interpreted in a variety of ways,” Curtis said. “It could be an orphanage, a farm, a factory, or just a place in the mind.”

September 2018
Goose Lane Editions
Fishing In The High Country , From the first sentence, "I come from a long line of river people,” to the last, "Bad luck to kill a moose bird,” Wayne Curtis signals that this book occupies the territory of a classic, a lyrical memoir of a river and those who submit to its call.”

New Brunswick’s Miramichi River is one of the most entrancing salmon rivers in the world. In Fishing the High Country, Curtis has created what can only be described as a river masterpiece, a lyrical record of time and place, of those who are drawn to its side and those who cast their lines into its waters.

March 2020
Pottersfield Press
Winter Road , is the latest collection of short stories by one of Canada’s most gifted and accomplished storytellers. An award-winning master craftsman of short fiction, Wayne Curtis takes us on a journey from early schooldays to old age, all in a colourful rural New Brunswick setting of times gone by.”

Here are illuminating stories of love, heartbreak, daydreams, and expectations – fulfilled and unfulfilled. Curtis charts the lives of small-town boys and girls, men and women who struggle with the challenges and limitations of poverty, isolation, and a kind of discrimination rarely documented in fiction.

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THE GAME (by Wayne Curtis)