G.A. risenthwaite

Writer & Photographer

(but mostly writer)


Gord is Nłeɂkepmx, a member of the Lytton First Nation, and has earned an MA in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Windsor (2020).

He isn’t the oldest emerging writer in the world, but he’s up there.

“To be clear,” Gord stresses, “I had planned to start writing decades ago. In fact, I started to write in my early 20s but I had a ton of stuff to deal with, none of it good.”

His work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Our Stories Literary Journal, Prism International, ndncountry, Offset 17, Exile Quarterly, and Bawaajigan: Stories of Power. His work has earned a number of prizes, including the 2013 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award. Palimpsest Press dropped his first novel Home Waltz, on 28 October, 2020 You can get your copy from the usual big box/online stores, the publisher, Palimpsest Press, or your local independent bookseller.


I’ve lead a mostly blessed life since the 2003 Okanagan Firestorm. And a mostly miraculous one. And I have a gazillion people to thank, starting with Jorie Soames and Glenna Turnbull, compilers of Touch the Flame: Stories of the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire (2003); the Creative Writing crew at UBC-O (Nancy Holmes, Anne Fleming, Michael V. Smith, and Sharon Thesen), and the first readers of the Okanagan Short Story Contest; the Editors and first readers at Prism International, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, ndnCountry, FreeFall, The Malahat Review, Write; and the entire English & Creative Writing Department at University of Windsor (esp. Susan Holbrook, André Narbonne, Nicole Markotic, Louis Cabris, Karl Jirgens, Katherine Quinsey, Suzanne Matheson, and Richard Douglass-Chin), Nino Ricci; Exile Editions, Palimpsest Press.