Biography


Trina Moyles is an award winning freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories about social justice and environmental issues. Moyles is currently based in a remote community in northern Alberta.

Moyles's works of fiction and poetry have been published in many literary journals, including GRAIN, Prairie Fire, Other Voices and Room Magazine. Her journalism and narrative non-fiction work have been published extensively in newspapers, magazines, and online platforms, including Vela Magazine, Motherboard, Briarpatch Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Vue Weekly, GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, Alberta Venture, Modern Farmer, Verge, Yes! Magazine, The Harper Decade, Permaculture Magazine, and Narratively. Moyles's recent work on grizzly bears in northern Alberta is forthcoming in Alberta Views' environmental edition (July/August 2017).

In March 2014, her essay "Women Who Dig" was shortlisted as the runner-up in the Creative Non-Fiction Category of Briarpatch Magazine's annual writing contest. In June 2014, Moyles won the Amber Bowerman Travel Writing Award for her essay "The Chicken Feather" (2014 Alberta Literary Awards).

Over the past ten years, Moyles has worked intimately with rural organizations and communities in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Canada, and East Africa on human rights and grassroots development projects. With an academic background in Cultural Anthropology and International Development, she focuses much of her research and writing on human rights education, food security, sustainable agriculture, and gender equality. In 2015, Moyles was recognized as one of the Top 30 Under 30 global youth by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC).

Moyles's first narrative non-fiction book, Women Who Dig, a travel narrative about the experiences of female farmers and farmworkers around the world -- and their vital contributions to food sovereignty and community health -- will by published by the University of Regina Press in 2018.

Moyles also works seasonally as a Fire Tower Lookout at a remote location in Canada's rugged boreal forest. She is a regular contributor to Alberta Wildfire, writing stories about her experiences surviving alone in the bush, co-existing with grizzly bears, and looking out over the treetops for smoke.

She is currently living at the 56th parallel in the Peace Country with her four-legged companions, Holly and Tia.