Curtis Gillespie is the author of five books, including the memoirs Almost There and Playing Through and the novel Crown Shyness. He has won or been nominated for a variety of awards for his books, including the Danuta Gleed Award, the Henry Kriesel Award and the MacEwan Prize.
For his magazine writing on science, politics, sports, travel and the arts, Curtis has won seven National Magazine Awards from 20 nominations, including a record-tying four awards in 2014. In 2010, he co-founded the narrative journalism magazine Eighteen Bridges, which he also edits. Eighteen Bridges has won numerous provincial, regional and national awards for its content. In addition to his writing and editing, Curtis has taught and mentored many Canadian and international writers through his roles at the University of Alberta, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Eighteen Bridges.
Curtis also works in various volunteer capacities, having acted as president of Litfest, Edmonton’s Non-Fiction Literary Festival. He was a co-founder and for years president of the Nina Haggerty for the Arts, a visual arts school for persons with developmental disabilities. Currently, he sits on the boards of the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Canadian Literature Centre.
Curtis received the University of Alberta’s Alumni Honour Award in 2014.