Darlene Quaife



Darlene Barry Quaife


Darlene Barry Quaife’s novel Bone Bird won a Commonwealth Writers Prize. Her novel Days & Nights on the Amazon was voted A Book for Everybody by the Canadian Booksellers Association. Death Writes: A Curious Notebook, a book of popular culture on a ubiquitous theme, has been called “An insightful avant-Goth perspective – the world according to Death.” Quaife’s first genre novel, Polar Circus, is a mystery and appears under the name D. A. Barry. Polar Circus was short-listed for the Writers Guild of Alberta, Georges Bugnet Novel Award. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to newspapers, magazines and journals. 

Her long list of published short stories includes contributions to such magazines as AlbertaViews, Border Crossings, Descant, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire and to The Banff Centre Press anthology: Intersections: Fiction and Poetry from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Since participating in the Radio Drama Program at the Banff Centre, Darlene has had a radio play produced by CKUA. As well, she was selected a PetroCanada Stage One playwright by LunchBox Theatre.

In addition, Darlene is a founding director of WordFest: The Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival, and a past Vice-President and President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

She has many years of experience as a writer, editor, mentor, and  writing/literature instructor at The University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Drumheller Penitentiary and as an Electronic Writer In Residence to Canadian High Schools.

Darlene has a B.A.(Honours) and a M.A. in English, specializing in Creative Writing.