Tammy Armstrong was born and raised in St. Stephen, NB, but moved to Vancouver, BC, in 1992. During her time in British Columbia, Armstrong received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia with distinction. After discovering a passion for teaching, Armstrong worked as an English as a Second Language teacher for several years before deciding to return to New Brunswick in 2005. In 2008 she began a PhD program at the University of New Brunswick, studying ecocriticism and the use of animals in Atlantic Canadian poetry, which she completed in 2014. To date, Armstrong has published two novels and four poetry collections. In 2001, Armstrong published her first collection of poetry called Bogman’s Music. It was very successful, as it won the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick’s Alfred G. Bailey Prize and was also shortlisted for the prestigious Governor General’s Award. Her first novel, Translations=Aistreann (2002), was also a success and won the David Adams Richards Prize awarded by WFNB. She has three other poetry collections, Unravel (2004), Take Us Quietly (2006), and The Scare in the Crow (2010). Her second novel Pye-Dogs was released in 2008. Armstrong currently lives in Nova Scotia.
For More Information:
New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia: http://w3.stu.ca/stu/sites/nble/a/armstrong_tammy.html
The Scare in the Crow. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane, 2010.
Take Us Quietly. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane, 2006.
Unravel. Vancouver, BC: Anvil Press, 2004.
Bogman's Music. Vancouver, BC: Anvil Press, 2000.
Pye-dogs. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 2008.
Translations=Aistreann. Regina, SK: Coteau Books, 2002.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Armstrong.