Janet Trull lives in the Haliburton Highlands, a land of blue lakes and rocky shores where her family has gathered for generations. She is the author of two critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, Hot Town and Something’s Burning, both published by At Bay Press (Winnipeg). With small town settings and big world themes, her stories examine the tension between neighbours, sexes, races and generations during times of social and cultural change.
A graduate of English at McMaster University, Trull focused on literacy throughout her career as an educator. She was a Reading Recovery teacher, a Literacy Coach and a Student Achievement Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Education. Currently, she is a freelance writer. Her essays, professional writing and short stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Living Magazine, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, subTerrain Magazine, and Geist. Subscribers to The Haliburton County Echo recognize Trull as a frequent contributor, with nostalgic essays about skinny dips, campfires and lazy afternoons in a hammock. These are accessible on her website, trullstories.com
Janet Trull is the recipient of several awards, including a CBC Canada Writes challenge, a Western Magazine Award nomination, and a Commonwealth Fiction prize.
Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, says, “Janet Trull knows her way around people and communities as well as the issues that hold them together, and sometimes break them apart. ”