Michael Helm is the author of The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Book Award; In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book; and, most recently the national bestseller Cities of Refuge, a Rogers Writers' Trust finalist, a Giller Prize nominee, and a Globe and Mail and NOW magazine “Best Book of the Year.” His writings on fiction, poetry, and the visual arts have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including Brick, where he serves as an editor. He teaches in the Creative Writing program at York University.