Hello world!

Welcome to my blog.  My name is Diana Davidson and I am a writer living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  I am a writer, reader, teacher, library-lover, mother, and wife.  My writing explores the violent intimacies that make up our emotional lives and aims to uncover universal experience in the particular moment.  In both my fiction and creative nonfiction, I write mostly about women in the north.

I have a novel called Pilgrimage that is looking for a home. Pilgrimage opens in the deep winter of 1891 on the Métis settlement of Lac St. Anne, Alberta.  A young woman named Mahkesîs finds herself carrying the child of the married Englishman who manages the HBC trading post.  As Pilgrimage opens, Mahkesîs has told her devastating secret to her Cree grandmother and, as an unmarried Catholic girl, she herself needs a kind of miracle from this place other people come to for redemption.  Pilgrimage is a story about women trying to survive the violent intimacy of a small place in a changing colonial empire.  Please contact me if you would like more information.

Brief Bio

My most notable creative works to date are personal essays.

I was honoured to be chosen as one of Edmonton’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Avenue Magazine in late-2011.  You can read the profile here: http://avenueedmonton.com/top-40-under-40/diana-davidson.

Since receiving my Ph.D. in literature from the University of York, UK in 2003, I have published eight academic articles.  My dissertation is on representations of HIV/AIDS in literature and I studied with Jonathan Dollimore.  I wrote about the work of the late David Wojnarowicz, Kushner’s Angels in America, the wonderful Sarah Schulman’s novel Rat Bohemia, and Jamaica Kincaid’s memoir My Brother.  In my last few years ‘in the academy,’ I moved to writing on representations on motherhood.  One of the academic essays I am most proud of is ” ‘A Mother Like You’: Pregnancy, the Maternal, and Nostalgia” in the collection Analyzing Mad Men (available at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0786447389/afreward-20/).

I taught postcolonial literature and writing studies at the University of Alberta for many years (2002-2010).   I loved teaching and miss it.  I still try to teach one or two weekend classes a year on “Elements of Creative Nonfiction” through the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension.  Since 2010, I have worked in the library policy field as Director of the Public Library Services Branch for the Province of Alberta.  It is a priviledge to work with people who believe in libraries.  Click here to read an interview I did with The Alberta Library (TAL) last year: http://www.thealbertalibrary.ab.ca/TALtales/June2011/June2011_TALTales.html#profile.