David Leach

Department Chair
Associate Professor

B.A. (UVic), M.A. (Queen's)

Office: FIA 245

Phone: +1.250.721.7627

E-mail: dleach@uvic.ca

Web site: www.davidleach.ca


Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Creative nonfiction, literary journalism, the nonfiction novel, adventure travel, environmental issues, ecological literacy, investigative journalism, magazine publishing, teaching with technology, humour writing, feature profiles, writing about the arts.


David joined the faculty in 2004. Born in Winnipeg, he grew up in Ottawa and lived in Israel before studying creative writing and literature for a B.A. at the University of Victoria and graduating with an M.A. in English from Queen’s University, Kingston. He taught and freelanced in the Czech Republic, and then returned to Victoria, where he worked as a sessional instructor in the Department of English and as the City Life Editor at Monday Magazine. For three and a half years, he lived in Toronto and was the Managing Editor of explore: Canada’s Outdoor Magazine, and continues to publish frequently in explore as a contributing editor. He also writes regularly for Financial Post Magazine, 2 Magazine, British Columbia, Canadian Geographic and the Globe & Mail.

Selected Professional & Creative Achievements

David is the treasurer of the Canadian Creative Writers & Writing Programs. His magazine writing and editing have been nominated for and won a number of regional and national awards, including a Canadian Society of Magazine Editors Award, a Western Magazine Award in arts and culture, a Northern Lights Award for Travel Writing, and a 2009 National Magazine Award in sports and recreation. His travel features have been republished in Germany, the U.K., the U.S., the Czech Republic, France and New Zealand. His first book, Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong, was released in 2008 by Penguin Canada and won the Special Jury Mention at the Banff International Mountain Book Festival.

Selected Publications


Chasing Utopia: The future of the kibbutz in a divided Israel

Published by ECW Press


Fatal Tide: When the race of a lifetime goes wrong

Published by Viking Canada


Way Out There: The best of explore

Published by Greystone Books


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