Tessa McWatt is the author of six novels and two books for young people. Her fiction has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the City of Toronto Book Awards, and the OCM Bocas Prize. Her most recent novel is Higher Ed (Random House Canada), and her forthcoming books include Where Are You Agnes? (Groundwood Books), a picture book based on the life of abstract expressionist painter Agnes Martin, and Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada (Cormorant), co-edited with Dionne Brand and Rabindranath Maharaj. She is the winner of the Eccles British Library Award 2018 for her forthcoming memoir, Porous: Race and Stories. She is also a librettist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East London.