Maureen Magee is a Canadian writer who is currently disguised as an Interior Decorator, because that's what pays the bills. Never one to follow a straight and narrow career path, Magee has managed an Ethiopian tour agency as well as a British Columbia theatre school (although not at the same time). When times were tough she sold cars, banana pudding, and modeled shirts for men (also not at the same time). If she had done some of these jobs concurrently, she would be much younger.
Magee began traveling under duress: her father kept getting transferred and insisted on taking her along. Her writing career was launched when she was forced to stay at home with a disability. Magee took a Travel Writing seminar offered by the editor of The Calgary Herald and later wrote a series of articles for that newspaper. She is a graduate of the Humber College of Writers distance-learning program. She has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria and she now teaches Travel Writing at the University of Calgary. Maureen was also the featured traveler in two of the Off the Map travel documentaries.
Her story Outtakes from the Arctic was published in the literary journal A Room of One's Own in 2000, and her work has appeared in South American Explorer magazine and on the travel website Your Life is a Trip. Her story "Jumping the Bull" — which appears in the Summit anthology Moose on the Loose — was the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Summit Studios short story contest. Her published writings can also be found on her own website www.maureenmagee.com.
Magee currently lives in Calgary, although her heart and soul belong on Vancouver Island. She spent several idyllic years there somewhere along the way.
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