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Janice Kulyk Keefer
is a Canadian
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novelist and poet.
Born in Toronto
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, she studied literature at universities in England
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, and currently teaches literature and theatre in the graduate studies department at the University of Guelph
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heritage, Kulyk Keefer often writes about the experiences of first-generation Canadian children of immigrants
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. Her sister is the Canadian artist, Karen Kulyk.
She was named winner of the Marian Engel Award
The Marian Engel Award was a Canadian literary award, presented each year from 1986 to 2007 by the Writers' Trust of Canada in memory of the writer Marian Engel...
for her body of work in 1999.
- 2006, Greifswald Canadian Studies Fellow in Residence, University of Greifswald, Germany
- 2008, Kobzar Literary Award (Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko)