Born 1998 in Winnipeg, MB
Email: owenkschalk (at) gmail (dot) com
I am a writer of short stories, novels, political analyses, and essays on film and literature. My first book, a history of Canadian imperialism, will be published by Sublation Press within the next two years. I have been a regular contributor to Canadian Dimension since October 2020, and I have also written for The Canada Files, People’s Voice, Alborada, and many other publications. My journalistic work covers a wide range of topics including Canada’s domestic and foreign policy, the imperialist and colonialist nature of the Canadian state, and Western imperialism in the Global South more generally. Read my January 2022 article in Canadian Dimension, “Understanding Canadian imperialism,” to learn more about the analytical framework that I apply to Canadian foreign policy and the country’s role in the imperialist world system.
I have written essays on film and literature for Canadian Dimension, Monthly Review, Liberated Texts, and my personal Medium page. Most recently, Monthly Review published “Disney, Salò, and Pasolini’s Inconsumable Art,” my analysis of three films by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
My fiction work is varied in terms of content and style. My published stories from 2021 take place in settings as diverse as rural Manitoba, Soviet Uzbekistan, Italy during the Years of Lead, and the American frontier in the 1800s. While I would never try to identify a single unifying theme to my work, I am often inspired by questions of historical consciousness, be they as personal as a child-parent relationship or as expansive as the myths that justify a nation. I have completed two novels, Prince of Carnations (2021) and All Beneath the Moon (2022), and I am currently seeking publication for both of them. To get a sense for my fiction work, check out “Borne by Loving Hands,” published by Fairlight Books in May 2020.