Hey, thanks for checking out my page! My name is Blair Bourassa and I am a Canadian writer. I have put together this little website to give my friends, acquaintances, and fans access to information about my writing. You can click on any of the links to read excerpts from my work. Feel free to show your support or leave comments!
Awards and Publications
In March of 2013, I won an award in the international Whispered Words short fiction competition for my short story “A Dream on Fire,” which was published in the Whispered Words Literary Anthology in Canada and the European literary journal Literatura ir Menas, as well as made into a short film in the USA. In 2012, my science-fiction piece “Meinong’s Jungle” was published in the California inter-arts journal Mission at Tenth, alongside the work of Daniel H.Wilson. My short story “Love is such an Old Fashioned Word” won the 2011 SLS short fiction first prize and was published in both The Walrus magazine in Canada and Black Warrior Review in the USA.
I went through a phase about five years ago where I wrote six books, which was great for organizing and polishing my work, but I never took the final step to seek a publisher. Then life intervened and I found myself supervising and teaching at a succession of universities and language schools around the world for half a decade, with 80-hour workweeks that prevented any attempt to write seriously.
In December of 2017 I left my job, and am focusing on my writing again, and hope to get published on a large and professional scale. These are the projects I am currently working on:
(1) A travel anthology, including my Africa, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China experiences, as well as the “greatest hits” from my previous three books about South-east Asia, Latin America, and the United States
(2) A TV script version of my historical fiction espionage novel, The Fallen Angels (I already have it in cinematic screenplay format, but plan to divide it into about ten episodes, with cliffhangers at the end of each.) and a movie screenplay of my novella about the Angolan Civil War, The Idealist.
(3) A new set of short stories, including material satirizing the rise of modern fascism, and a number of other less politically-charged allegorical, noir, and surrealist stories
(4) My first book of poetry. I have only been really focusing on my poetry for the past few years, since it was a form of writing that did not require extensive planning–something precluded by my need to dedicate the lion’s share of my time to my teaching–and memorable work could be produced with a single night’s effort. I have been sharing my verse with people and doing public readings in Europe this year, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, so it has encouraged me to take things seriously.
Please feel free to send any comments about my writing (or if you would like to simply make contact) to my email at:
I look forward to hearing from you!