Born in Belleville, Ontario, Barry Grills began his writing career as a journalist. He has been a reporter, editor, columnist, broadcaster, and communications consultant. He began publishing short fiction in 1973, publishing stories in such literary publications as Grain, The University of Windsor Review, NeWest Review, Quarry Magazine, Best Canadian Stories, etc. A political and cultural activist, he was chair of The Book and Periodical Council from 2004 - 2007, as well as chair of TWUC from 2002 to 2003. A life membership in TWUC was awarded to him in May, 2019. He has also been a municipal councillor and a federal election candidate. Married to writer Jennifer Rouse Barbeau, he currently lives and writes in North Bay, Ontario. His memoir Every Wolf's Howl appeared from Freehand Books October 1, 2012. Roadkill, a dystopic novel, appeared in November, 2017, the first of a series of self-published works under the imprint, Fluid Grouse Enterprises. Roadkill was a finalist in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as well as the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Another novel, I And You, And Me And Her, appeared in June, 2018. Oblivion, awarded grants by the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council, appeared in November 2018. Too Late The Hunter appeared in June 2019. A collection of previously published, anthologized short stories, Cock-Eyed Voice, representing fifty years of literary fiction, appeared in 2020. His most recent novel is The Last Light Spoken, published in 2022.
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