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Lisa Moore BFA ‘88
Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novel Alligator, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the Caribbean, and a national bestseller. February is her second novel. Lisa has written two collections of stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open. Her story collection Open was also a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller, and it won the Canadian Authors’ Association Jubilee Award. Lisa has also written for television, radio, magazines (EnRoute, The Walrus, and Chatelaine) and newspapers (The Globe and Mail and The National Post).  Lisa Moore lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.


In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's night storm. In the early hours of February 15, all eighty-four men aboard died. February is the story of Helen O'Mara, one of those left behind when her husband, Cal, drowns.

Alligator moves with the swiftness of a gator in attack mode through the lives of a group of brilliantly rendered characters in contemporary St. John's, Newfoundland—a city whose spiritual location is somewhere in Flannery O'Connor country.


In Degrees of Nakedness, Lisa Moore's first story collection, the joys and distresses of love course through modern-day Newfoundland like an electric current.


Open makes you believe three things unequivocally: that St. John's is the centre of the universe, that these stories are about absolutely everything, that the only certainty in life comes from the accumulation of moments which refuse to be contained.