Myrl Coulter is an award-winning Canadian author who was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been a writer since her high school years. Since then, she’s also been a grocery store cashier, a bank clerk, an x-ray technician, a stay-at-home mom, a sales representative, a small business owner, a marketing consultant, and a stills photographer in the Alberta film industry. After those adventures, Myrl earned a PhD from the University of Alberta, where she taught English and writing for eight years. About a decade ago, Myrl decided to take a temporary break from teaching to focus on her own writing. She’s still doing that.
Myrl’s published books include The House with the Broken Two: A Birthmother Remembers (2011), A Year of Days (2015), The Left-Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories (2017), and She Who Burns (forthcoming in the summer of 2023). In 2010, Myrl won the First Book Competition sponsored by the Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University. She has also been the recipient of a National Screen Institute Drama Prize and an IPPY Bronze Medal. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including (M)othering, edited by Anne Sorbie and Heidi Grogan (2022), and The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood, edited by Kerry Clare (2014).
Myrl publishes a bi-monthly newsletter called Me Who Writes (https://myrlcoulter.substack.com). She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, The Writers Guild of Alberta, and the Federation of BC Writers. She lives in British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, land of the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan people. In addition to writing, Myrl has been known to go for long walks; she also occasionally swings a golf club at a small white ball.