Queen of the Godforsaken is Mix Hart’s debut novel, published in 2015 by Thistledown Press. Mix received an artist grant from the Canada Council of the Arts to assist with the completion of her upcoming, literary fiction novel, Hotel Beringia. In addition, Mix writes the Peter-Not Pizzaface junior fiction series and is an award-winning blogger. Her blog won the Top-Ten-Parent-Blogs, from Axka Group Inc., 2015, and also the Top Canadian Mom Blogs, from Popsugar, 2011, 2012. Mix is also a traditional (and digital) oil painter. As a graduate student, she teaches English narrative tutorials at the University of British Columbia. Also, she’s taught academic writing at Okanagan College and has a professional teaching certificate for K-12.
Mix is currently completing a PhD at the University of British Columbia in digital arts and humanities, her research focuses on critical & creative animal studies, specifically exploring interspecies entanglements via creative eco-narrative (literary fiction and digital paintings). She is grateful for the support that enables her to continue in creative research at UBC: she has received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship Award, 2020-2024; University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship 2020/21; University of British Columbia Special Graduate Student Award, 2019; 20/21; and a British Columbia Graduate Scholarship (BCGS), 2019.
Mix has lived all across the wilds of Canada, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coasts, including the Yukon, as well as in London, UK, and Brisbane, Australia. British Columbia is home. She lives on a mountain top in Kelowna with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs.
When Mix has free time, she spends it outside in nature, navigating rivers and oceans on her paddleboard. If forced indoors, you’ll find her dancing to Latin music.