Angie Abdou, B.A. English/History Hons (Regina), M.A. English (London, ON), Ph.D. English/ Creative Writing (Calgary)
Assistant Professor, English and Creative Writing, Athabasca University
Angie graduated from Campion with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in 1991.
College life taps talents either unknown or not fully realized. Sure, we often have inclinations of our talents but they need to be validated and measured. Direction and advice from a mentor could be the most vital gift to a young student. Angie received such a gift from a professor at Campion:
“In my first semester, I took English 100 with Dr. Thomas Randal. I loved it. He spoke with such passion about literature and introduced me to worlds of which I knew nothing. Near the end of the semester, he said, ‘You should major in English Literature. You're good at it.’ That single bit of encouragement was a transitional point in my life. I did as he said...It's not hyperbolic to say that he changed my life.”
University is a time of metamorphosis. Young students’ minds grow and change dramatically. There they can see what they are capable of and truly become. Angie shares:
“Four years later, the Department Head asked me to speak at the Campion convocation. That's a very good memory too. I could not have imagined speaking in public like that when I entered the college as a bewildered eighteen year-old. I came a long way in my short time at Campion thanks to inspiring and generous mentors.”
To become a published author: it’s the greatest way to legitimize any writer’s works. Angie is proud of the growing body of work she has created. She relates, “When I started studying English at Campion, I never imagined I would one day publish a novel. I now have four books published with a fifth coming in September. “
Though she’s published smaller non-fiction pieces, She wants to explore writing book length nonfiction and wants to put her experience of researching to good use.
“I like that style, both as a writer and as a reader. I'm also interested in venturing in this direction so that I can incorporate more traditional research that I learned as a student of English Literature. I'm starting to pick away at a new idea. We'll see if it materializes ... (wish me luck!).”
Angie now gives various talks at festivals and workshops. She believes it a privilege and duty to carry on like those who influenced her. “English teachers - like Thomas Randal - have been such a positive influence on my life and career. They have inspired me to try to do the same for other inspiring writers.”