Biography


Trina Moyles is an award winning freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories about social justice and environmental issues. Her first book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World (University of Regina Press) was released in early March 2018. The book has received critical praise from authors, scholars, and publications, including Raj Patel (author of Stuffed and Starved) who calls the book “haunting, powerful, and important”. Women Who Dig has been a best-seller in Calgary and Edmonton, and online, at Amazon.ca. The second edition of the book was released in August 2018.

Moyles’s journalism and narrative non-fiction work has been published extensively in newspapers, magazines, and online platforms, including The Globe and Mail, Alberta Views, Maisonneuve, Swerve, Vela Magazine, Motherboard, Briarpatch Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Vue Weekly, GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, Modern Farmer, Yes! Magazine, Permaculture Magazine, and Narratively. Her story Eyes in the Sky was nominated as a finalist for the 2018 Alberta Magazine 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 works seasonally as a Fire Tower Lookout at a remote location in Canada’s rugged boreal forest. In June 2017, her story "Eye in the Sky: Dispatches from a Fire Tower Lookout in Alberta" was featured as the cover-story in Swerve Magazine. Moyles is also 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.

In January 2018, Moyles received a literary grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) to work on her second book, a memoir about her experiences working at the fire tower.

In addition, Moyles recently launched a publication called OFF GRID Writing, a travelogue about losing and locating oneself in remote spaces and places (geographical and metaphysical), relationships, memories, desires, and ideologies.

Moyles is represented by Marilyn Biderman at Transatlantic Literary Agency.

She’s based in northern Alberta, but you’ll find her adventuring here and there with her loyal canine sidekick, Holly.