Richard Van Camp



Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Fiction, poetry.


Richard Van Camp (BFA, 1997) is a member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation and is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, was recently made into a feature film, premiering at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. He is the author of three collections of short stories, Angel Wing Splash Pattern, The Moon of Letting Go and Godless but Loyal to Heaven, as well as two children’s books with Cree artist, George Littlechild: A Man Called Raven and What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? His first baby book, Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, was the official selection of the Books for BC Babies program and was given to every newborn baby in British Columbia in 2008. Richard followed this up with another board book: Nighty-Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies. His third book for babies, Little You, was published in 2013. He has also published a comic book on deterring youth away from gangs, Path of the Warrior, as well as one on sexual health, Kiss Me Deadly.
Richard's poems, short stories and novellas have been published in anthologies and journals since 1992, and three of his short stories have been broadcast nationally as CBC radio dramas. He also wrote for CBC's North of 60 TV show, and was a script and cultural consultant for four seasons. He has taught creative writing at UBC, the Emily Carr Institute and was a Writer in Residence at the University of Alberta.

Selected Publications

The Lesser Blessed, Published by Douglas & McIntyre


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