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about a. wrauley

Andrea Wrauley (née Wrobel) is a writer, visual artist and first-time stand up comic whose work has appeared in Broken Pencil Literary Magazine, The Canadian Alpine Journal, Bywords Poetry Magazine, and Offbeat Bride.

Tending toward autofiction and screenplay, Andrea’s study of gender, trauma, magick and mountaineering often informs her work. In 2017, Andrea launched A Space Press with Inside Me Zine, a collaborative zine project with the intention of supporting mental wellness through story. That same year, Andrea was awarded a CUE Story Reno Studio grant for Grey, her speculative, coming-of-age manuscript set in a genderless, post-apocalyptic version of her current urban haunt, Toronto. Thereafter, Andrea was accepted into Outdoor Studio, a program funded by MEC Outdoor Nation whereby participants created work fully immersed in nature. Both residency culminations were presented as gallery exhibitions in 2018, the latter of which launched Andrea’s nature zine If A Tree Falls for exhibition and purchase (with all profits in support of Forests Ontario). 

Andrea has been writing her entire life, founding her high school newspaper The Spark, regularly reporting for her university paper The Charlatan (see below), and penning daily in her private journals for over 20 years. While she's always been a reader, it is in books like Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Orange is Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson that she found early authorial inspiration. Paired with brash, unfiltered work by authors like Sylvia Plath, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Aphra Behn, and Virginia Woolf, Andrea learned that literature informed by personal history and observation is highly impactful. But it is now that Andrea is working to discover the stories both in herself and the world that are not often told, and finding deep inspiration in the work of Cherie Dimaline, Vivek Shraya, Octavia Butler, and James Baldwin, for example.

In addition to her above work, Andrea is well-versed in story editing and script-coordinating in film and television, having worked with Canadian performers Kim Cattrall, Don McKellar, Mark McKinney, and Bruce McCulloch, and networks like HBO, Comedy Central and CBC.

Andrea is currently (and joyously) living in Toronto with her spouse and two cats.

I’ve been journalling for twenty years— all those sticky thoughts and ideas that can become me, in truth or fiction, need a place to go if I want to be able to breathe sanely. We have outlets for good practice, habits that allow us to learn from our experiences and move forward with a momentum that can carry us into our hopes and dreams. So tell me now: what is your outlet?
— A. Wrauley

Andrea began her studies in journalism where she penned regularly for  The Charlatan , Carleton University’s independent, student-run press.

Andrea began her studies in journalism where she penned regularly for The Charlatan, Carleton University’s independent, student-run press.