April L. Ford
New York, United States
April L. Ford was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Five days later, hearing the sirens of cafés au lait and French pastries calling to her, she left on a jet plane for Montréal, Québec. En route to becoming a novelist, she worked as a writing mentor for incarcerated youth, theater stage manager, television series producer, and she is presently an Adjunct Professor at State University of New York-Oneonta and Managing Editor of Digital Americana Magazine.
In fall 2013, April’s story collection The Poor Children was selected as grand prizewinner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction; The Poor Children will be published with SFWP in April 2015. Earlier that year, the collection was shortlisted for SALT Publishing’s (UK) international Scott Prize. Her writing is forthcoming with The After Coetzee Project Anthology and SAND: Berlin’s English Literary Journal, and has appeared in Independent Ink Magazine, SFWP: The Journal; Ampersand Review; Cease, Cows; Product Magazine (Scotland); Ploughshares blog; r.kv.r.y. quarterly literary journal; The Battered Suitcase; Short Story Magazine; and elsewhere.
Her first novel, Gentle, was a Finalist for the Gorsky Press 2014 Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction. Gentle explores the relationship between terminal illness and family chaos. Her second novel (in progress) is set between Montréal and upstate New York and involves a fraught love triangle around an antique carousel.
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 received her B.A. in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Concordia University (Montréal, Québec), and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, North Carolina).
- Green E142 , Product Magazine (Scotland)
- Literary Boroughs #43: Montreal, Canada , Ploughshares blog
- Literary Boroughs #39: Oneonta, NY , Ploughshares blog
- Sometimes It's that Simple , r.kv.r.y. quarterly literary journal
- Isabelle's Haunting , The Battered Suitcase Journal
- Layla , Short Story Magazine
- Inkblot Cats , Cease, Cows Journal
- A Marmalade Cat for Jenny , The Ampersand Review
- The Economics of Spooning , SFWP: The Journal
- Something Ugly , Independent Ink Magazine
- Something Ugly (forthcoming) , SAND: Berlin's English Literary Journal (April 19, 2014)
- Namaste (forthcoming) , The After Coetzee Project Anthology (2014)
- Ucross Foundation Writer in Residence(2013)
- Shortlisted -- Scott Prize for international debut story collections (Salt Publishing, UK) (for first story collection, THE POOR CHILDREN)(2013)
- VCCA Robert Johnson Fellow(2013)
- Winner -- Sante Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction (for first story collection, THE POOR CHILDREN)(2013)
- Finalist -- Gorsky Press 2014 Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction (for first novel, GENTLE)(2014)
- Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at State University of New York at Oneonta
- Managing Editor at Digital Americana Magazine
Genres of Interest
Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Poetry