Julie Mannell is a Canadian prose and poetry author, literary critic, cultural commentator, and essayist, originally from Fonthill, Ontario. Her style has been referred to as "Southern Ontario gothic with a spark of magical realism." She holds a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from McGill University and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Guelph.
Mannell has written for the Toronto Star, National Post, The Huffington Post and has been promoted in various Canadian publications, radio, and television programs. She was the first female-identified author to be featured in the sports publication "The Barnstormer," and in 2015 read at venues across North America as a member of the Worst Case Ontario Poetry Tour.
In 2012, Julie Mannell was awarded a fellowship position at the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania.
In 2013, Mannell won the Lionel Shapiro Award for Excellency in Creative Writing and the Mona Adilman Poetry Prize. She was also nominated for the 2014 Journey Prize and in 2015 was awarded the Constance Rooke/HarperCollins Scholarship for Creating Writing by University of Guelph's MFA Creative Writing Program. During her stint as guest editor at The Town Crier in January 2016, Mannell wrote the three part viral essay "Small Town Asshole" to much critical acclaim. More recently, she was named one of the top 30 poets under 30 by In/Words Magazine and her short story "Today is Cool" was the most-read story in Joyland Magazine in 2017.
Mannell has had works appear in Joyland, Matrix Magazine, Lemon Hound, The Puritan, Rusty Toque, Branch Magazine, amongst others. Her non-fiction critical essays have been published in various university sociology textbooks. Her conceptual project, a poetic walking tour of Montreal, This is You Here Now (Shape&Nature Press), is available for purchase online.
Julie Mannell is the Founder of The McGill Creative Writing Society. In this role, she facilitated weekly workshops for three years and organized panels with authors and editors from places like n+1 magazine.
She has two forthcoming novels tentatively titled little girls and Weekending in India. As well as a book of poetry, Not Nice. Julie Mannell is represented by The Robert Lecker Agency.