Josiah Neufeld, a Winnipeg-based freelance writer, is the winner of the 2014 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Magazine Award for his article “A Quiet Slaughter,” published in Hazlitt, Random House Canada’s online magazine. Josiah received the $2,000.00 award from Shirley Dunn, Award Developer, Sunday, October 19 at LitFest in Edmonton.
The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards were established to honour Dave Greber of Calgary, a long- time freelance writer, and they are unique in two ways: they empower working Canadian freelance writers when they most need it in their work cycle; and they give special regard to those working in the area of social justice. Excellence in writing, research and storytelling are hallmarks of the awards.
Hazlitt published “A Quiet Slaughter” in April 2014. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Josiah wrote the story of a Hutu man from Burundi who survived Rwandan president Paul Kagame’s alleged secret war of vengeance in eastern Congo, a war largely obscured by the fight to overthrow Mobutu SeseSeko.
Josiah is a Winnipeg-based freelance writer whose journalism, essays and short fiction have been published in The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Prairie Fire, The Vancouver Sun and Geez Magazine. His essay about growing up in Burkina Faso and the complexities of giving, published in The Walrus in December 2013, was nominated for a National Magazine Award.
Josiah is a Canadian who grew up in the West African country of Burkina Faso. It is an experience that informs his view of the world and his desire to write about inequality, privilege and the consequences of consumer culture. He is interested in telling the stories of people who meet injustice with compassion, creativity and conviction.
Josiah studied journalism and communications at Red River College and the University of Winnipeg. He graduated in 2007 and worked as a reporter and editor for the various weekly newspapers in Manitoba before starting to freelance. He got his start in magazine feature writing working for Geez, a magazine focused on social justice, activitism and spirituality founded by former Adbusters editor Aiden Enns. This fall he graduated with an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.
The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award was presented on October 19 at the Stanley Milne Theatre. After the presentation, Josiah participated in a group conversation entitled Just Words, a discussion of Social Justice Writing. LitFest is the only literary festival in Canada focused exclusively on nonfiction. It brings together bestselling, award-winning and emerging nonfiction authors and supports Edmonton as an incubator for nonfiction literary talent.Check the LitFest website at www.litfestalberta.org for the festival schedule.
To keep up to date with the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards visit, www.greberwritingaward.com.
Contact Person: Shirley Dunn Award Developer, Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award Developer: Telephone: 1.403.25.-5689 or 1-877-271-328 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Josiah Neufeld firstname.lastname@example.org.