Michael James Cullen, 1948 - 2009

Obituary copied from http://www.legacy.com/can-victoria/Obituaries.asp?Page=Notice&PersonID=123019767, downloaded July 7th, 2010.


CULLEN, Michael James April 7th 1948 January 16th, 2009 Michael was born in Lethbridge Alberta April 7th, 1948 to Alan Joseph and Phyllis Yerxa Cullen. He is survived by his two daughters Maia and Catherine; three siblings Mary, Martin, and Patrick; nephews Jesse, Liam, Brody and niece Moira. Michael will be remembered as an accomplished writer and English Professor at the University of Victoria. Michael attended Oxford University, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Western Ontario. He won the du Maurier National Playwright competition, Praxis National Screenwriting competition, Norma Epstein award at the University of Toronto, and was columnist of the year for British Columbia in 2006. He was an active member of the Sidney community and shared his artistic gift by organizing the Sidney Reading Series and writing columns for the Peninsula News Review. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and will be dearly missed. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors and nurses in Palliative care unit at Saanich Peninsula Hospital for the loving care they provided Michael. A memorial will be held Saturday January 24th at the Mary Winspear Centre, room 2, at 1 pm in order to remember Michael. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Saanich Peninsula Palliative Care Unit on behalf of him.

Copy of http://english.uvic.ca/faculty/michael_cullen.html downloaded July 7th, 2010.

Michael Cullen,
Senior Instructor
B.A.: Notre Dame
M.A.: Western Ontario

I have an Associate Degree in Journalism from Mount Royal College. As a practicing writer and columnist, I have published more than one hundred articles over the past two years. Articles ranged from "Courtly Love" - published in the Globe and Mail - to basic nutrition, found in food in dumpsters. Another article gave closure to Earle Birney's poem "David." I took all the angst, anger and pain in Birney's heart because of the poem and placed it on the shoulders of another David,David Sharp, and paralleled the narratives. In 2006, Sharp was abandoned on Mt. Everest and died. All my articles are cultural, critical and contemplative: I don't do anecdotal. I am inspired by benches.

Freelance contracts have included "Hot Tub, The Musical," commissioned to celebrate the One Hundredth Anniversary of Parks Canada and Banff National Park, "The Implications of Delamagwa" for the Council of FirstNations,corporate resumes, writing advertisements and even "Kick the Nic" for the Ministry of Health.

The "Sammy Wong Historical Association" was founded in Lethbridge, Alberta to preserve an old Chinese Grocery Store as a significant cultural icon of the prairies. The name of the organization and its purpose were inspired by my novel "Goodnight, Sammy Wong."

I am in five anthologies including "Anthology of Island Writers," "In the Clear: A Contemporary Canadian Poetry Anthology,"and "Dancing Visions: Anthology of Contemporary Western Writers." In 2002, "Theory of the Big Bang" was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Drama. Selected Faculty Publications