Wendy McGrath is a poet, writer, and visual artist living in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 Territory. McGrath’s writing practice embraces multiple genres—fiction, poetry, spoken word, and creative non-fiction. McGrath describes her writing as “Prairie Gothic” and gives voice to working class stories. McGrath holds a Master's Degree in English from York University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alberta. Her scholarly work focuses on the Prairie Gothic genre.
The Prairie Grindston Prize honours an Alberta or Saskatchewan writer in recognition of high-quality work and contributions to the public's appreciation for and understanding of Western Canada's landscape, people, history and culture. The $50,000 cash prize is awarded to writers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.