Alan Reed is a novelist with a special interest in the play of language, and how the way a story is told shapes what it becomes. His books all try to reimagine the world in unexpected ways. He hopes to create something slightly fantastic from the small details of everyday life; something that might have already been there but that takes a certain kind of looking to be able to see.
He has written two novels, The Benjamenta College of Art and Isobel & Emile, and a collection of poems, For Love of the City. Before focusing on writing for the page, he wrote plays and other texts for live performance. This work was staged, performed, and occasionally exhibited in Canada, the United States, the U.K., and Europe.
Originally from Edmonton, he left to study semiotics at the University of Toronto and then left again to study writing at Dartington College of Arts. He now lives in Montreal.