George K. Ilsley

Author: George K. Ilsley

Profile: George K. Ilsley is a Canadian writer born in 1958. He is from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, originally after which he was based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Random Acts of Hatred, a collection of short stories which he published focuses on the lives of bisexual and gay men from early childhood. He has also published, ManBug, a novel. George studied law before starting a career as a writer but later decided not to enter the law profession.

At that time being a bit foolish and young, George K. Ilsley decided not to become a lawyer. Instead he decided to attain some experiences in life and took time off, however this he was not able to accomplish. He took a decision to travel, however, the world being such a huge place, he found it difficult to get far. He adores the Himalayas and has strong obsession about anything related to the red Pandas, Mount Everest and Tibet.


Writing style: George K. Ilsley’s genre is Literature & Fiction, Memoir, Gay and Lesbian.

Published Texts:


The Home Stretch: A Father, a Son, and All the Things They Never Talk About (memoirs)

Random Acts of Hatred (story collection)

ManBug (novel)

Awards and Acknowledgements:

2007 – Shortlisted finalist for the ReLit Award for Fiction (ManBug)

2010 – Awarded an Honor of Distinction citation by the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilve Grant

2014 – ‘Bingo and Black Ice’ won sub Terrain magazine’s Lush Trimphant Award for creative non-fiction

Selected as a writer in residence at Berton House Writers Retreat in Dawson City

Won the Lush Triumphant Literary Award for creative non-fiction and for fiction

His writing work has featured in the literary magazines, Plentitude, The Church-Wellesley Review, Prairie Fire and Event as well as in the anthologies including Queeries, Contra/Diction and First Person Queer.

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