Cecelia Frey was born in northern Alberta, grew up in Edmonton and now lives in Calgary. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Alberta and an M.A. in English from the University of Calgary. Her thesis, Organizing Unorganized Space: Prairie Aesthetic in the Poetry of Eli Mandel, is concerned with the impact of undefined space on the creative consciousness.
She has worked as an editor, teacher and freelance writer and has for many years been involved in the Calgary literary community. Her short stories and poetry have been published in dozens of literary journals and anthologies as well as being broadcast on CBC radio and performed on the Women’s Television Network. Numerous reviews, essays and articles have appeared in a wide range of publications including newspapers such as The Globe and Mail and journals as varied as Westworld and Canadian Literature. Her novel, A Raw Mix of Carelessness and Longing, was shortlisted for the 2009 Writers Guild of Alberta George Bugnet Fiction Award and she is a three-time recipient of the WGA Short Fiction Award. She has also won awards for play writing.