About Ed

Ed Griffin

Ed (centre) at a writer's weekend

Ed Griffin teaches creative writing at Matsqui Prison, a medium security prison in Western Canada. He taught the same subject at Waupun prison, a maximum security prison in Wisconsin.

He began his professional life in 1962 as a Roman Catholic priest in Cleveland, Ohio. There he became active in the civil rights movement and marched in Selma with Doctor Martin Luther King. Removed from a suburban parish for his activities, he served for three years in Cleveland’s central city. His years in the Roman Catholic Priesthood are the subject of his next novel.

After leaving the priesthood in 1968 he earned a masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was elected to Milwaukee’s city council in 1972.

Griffin and his wife, Kathy, opened a commercial greenhouse in suburban Milwaukee in 1976. They lived where they worked and shared the joys of raising children and growing flowers. In 1988 the family, Ed and Kathy, Kevin and Kerry, moved to British Columbia, Canada, where Griffin helped establish a dynamic writing community in the city of Surrey. He is the founder of Western Canada’s largest writer’s conference, the Surrey Writers’ Conference.

He has published poetry, plays, short stories and a newspaper column. His writing has won several awards and the American Humanist Society has honored him as the teacher of a prize-winning inmate writer. Griffin believes that all the arts, including writing, should be encouraged in prison. “As Aristotle said, ‘art releases unconscious tensions and purges the soul.'”

Ed improves his craft with the Rainwriters’ Critique Group. Visit their site http://www.rainwriters.com/

Read about Ed in Vancouver Magazine or in the Surrey Leader


14 responses to “About Ed

  1. Pretty fancy shmantcy site, Ed. Love the clickable Categories, the layout and the commitment. As always, you lead by example. I miss your face! Exclamation point intended : )


  2. Hi Ed,

    I was just referred over to your blog by Janice (Aurora). I like what I see. I am a relatively new blogger, but love to write humorous personal essays. I’m sure I’ll find inspiration on your blog, so I’m a new subscriber. Just wanted you to know!

    • Welcome. I went to Lorna’s voice where it says she’s a researcher and a creative writer. I certainly agree with the creative writer part — especially creative. Great stuff.

  3. Just as a side note, Canadians are the nicest folks, it’s hard to believe they even need jails there. I’ve been all over Canada, and I truly love it there.

    But as long as they do have some folks incarcerated, it’s nice to know that they have access to someone who will teach them the craft of writing. I’m sure it must be theraputic for folks, and for that alone, kudos to you.

    You clearly have a mentality of providing service to others, and that is a phenomenal quality to have as a human being.

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