Trina Moyles blends journalistic knowledge with literary expertise and a love for the land. With two award-winning books under her belt, including Lookout: Love, Solitude, and Searching for Wildfire in the Boreal Forest, she is a literary powerhouse with many more contributions to come.
– Emerging Artist adjudicators
Trina Moyles is a writer and author who grew up in the northern community of Peace River, Alberta (Treaty 8), where she spent much of her childhood immersed in the boreal forest. Moyles’s first book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World was published in 2018 by the University of Regina Press, documenting the narratives of female farmers from around the world. The book is currently being adapted into a documentary film. Moyles’s essay Herd Memory — a meditation on gender, resource extraction, and the plight of woodland caribou in northern Alberta — was selected as the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award in 2019 and later won a National Magazine Award (2020) in the Personal Journalism category. Her second book, a memoir and frontline reportage on the increasing prevalence of wildfire in North America, Lookout: Love, Solitude, and Searching for Wildfire in the Boreal Forest, was published in 2021 by Penguin Random House Canada. Lookout won a National Outdoors Book Award in 2021 and has recently been nominated as a finalist for the 2022 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and a finalist for the Memoir Award at the 2022 Alberta Literary Awards. In 2020/2021, she was selected to represent Canada as a literary delegate at the Frankfurt Book Fair.