This spring, April served as a guest editor for the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology XLI. Her short story “Project Fumarase” is among the winning pieces featured in the 2016 Pushcart Prize anthology XL, alongside works by Colum McCann, Joyce Carol Oates, and Zadie Smith.
In 2013, David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author and creator of “Rambo,” selected April’s manuscript of stories, The Poor Children, as Grand Prizewinner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction. In 2015, SFWP released April’s debut collection worldwide.
April’s writing has appeared in numerous print and online journals including Gargoyle, New Madrid, SAND, and Ploughshares, and is forthcoming in Beecher’s and Atticus Review. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Concordia University, Montreal, and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina.
April has spent time at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. She teaches creative writing at State University of New York at Oneonta, and serves as Managing Editor for Digital Americana Magazine, manuscript consultant for self-published authors seeking membership with the Writers’ Union of Canada, and nonfiction reader for RKVRY Quarterly Literary Journal. She grew up in Quebec.
Click here to listen to April chat with Out of Bounds Radio Show host Tish Pearlman about climbing the Eiffel Tower, ghosts, and handling difficult subjects in writing.