April Ford: The Author

Hi, I’m April, a Montréal-based LGBTQ writer and educator, and the National Council Québec Region Representative for The Writers’ Union of Canada. Thank you for visiting my website!

My books include Carousel, my debut novel fresh off the press from Inanna Publications; Death Is a Side-Effect: Poems (Frog Hollow Press, 2019); and The Poor Children: Stories (SFWP, 2015).

April Ford - author, etc | Photo by Bernardo Fernandez, 2019

My short stories, poems, personal essays, and articles have appeared in print and online journals in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Spain, and Scotland. I’m the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for my short story “Project Fumarase,” and I’ve held fully funded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ucross Foundation. I hold a B.A. in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Concordia University (Montréal, Québec), and a M.F.A. in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, North Carolina).

Since 2002, I’ve helped at-risk youth, university students, community groups, business professionals, and non-traditional learners explore their passions and aptitudes for language and creative expression. As an educator, I’m interested in how we can use the built-in skills and potential we might not realize we have to tell compelling stories and communicate unique experiences.

I’m currently in training to become a volunteer crisis responder for a national organisation that offers resources to youth in distress, and I’m studying Travail social at Université de Montréal. My dream is to eventually blend my passions for creative writing and helping vulnerable populations into a full-time day job =)