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Biographical Notes 

Roderick Peter MacIntyre was the oldest of five children. His mother was Frances Germaine from Burr, Saskatchewan, a first-generation immigrant from Gottland, Russia; his father, Duncan MacIntyre from East Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, was orphaned during the 1930s. Stationed at Camp Dundurn during the the Second World War, he met Frances and they were wed shortly after. Roderick Peter was born in St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 18, 1947 when the population was 46,028 and horses still towed milk wagons, water wagons, “honey” wagons; trolley cars ran up and down 20th Street.

Rod went to St. Mary’s School on the west side, then to Holy Redeemer College in Edmonton, a juvenate, where he thought about becoming a priest for his first two years of high school. He finished high school at St. Paul’s High in Saskatoon. After a year of driving truck for a drug company, Rod attended the U. of S. for five years where he obtained an honours degree in English and Sociology in 1970. It was during this time he met and began living with Sharyn Swann.

Rod went to the University of Ottawa and attempted a post-graduate degree in English but barely lasted a year before moving to the east coast, mostly Prince Edward Island where he and Sharyn lived till 1981 and where their daughter, Zoey was born. It was on Prince Edward Island that Rod worked as an actor for stage and television then gradually shifted into writing for theatre.

During the 1980s and early 90s, Rod still worked as an actor and playwright in Saskatoon before the first of his YA fictions was published in 1991.

Rod and Sharyn currently make their home at Christina Lake, B.C. (and La Peñita, Nayarit, Mexico). Rod remains active as a writer and activist within the provincial and national arts community. To ensure that Rod is not a dull boy, he rides a 1993 Goldwing back and forth across the continent, still plays recreational hockey, golf and blues harmonica.

PublishedWorks

Aside from his books (click to link), Rod has had short stories anthologized in The BlueJean CollectionOpening Tricks, What is Already Known, Horror and 200% Cracked Wheat published by Thistledown, Red Deer and Coteau Books respectively as well as numerous educational publications and radio broadcasts.

Plays

In the Air, Dancing Sky Theatre, Meacham, 2012. The Sins of St. Dave, Twenty Fifth Street Theatre, Saskatoon,1996.  Harvest Moon, Station Arts Centre, Rosthern,1991-93.  Nice Guy, Twenty Fifth Street Theatre, Saskatoon,1991. The Other Party, Wheatland Theatre, Regina, 1990. During His Absense, Victoria Playhouse, Victoria, P.E.I. 1978

Films

Toy Boat, (Drama) CBC, Regina, 1984.  A Room Full of Men, (Documentary) Heartland Motion Pictures, Regina,1993.  TheRink, (Drama) Cinépost Productions, Saskatoon, 1997.

Awards

Toy Boat, Sask Film Showcase, Best Children’s Drama,1985.  The Rink, the Vicky Metcalf Short Story Award,1993.  The Sins of St. Dave, the SWG Literary Long ManuscriptAward, 1993.  A Room Full of Men, Sask Film Showcase, BestEducational Documentary, 1994.  The Rink, Sask Film Showcase, BestChildren’s Film, 1998.  Takes, the 1996 Saskatchewan Book Awardfor Best Educational Book;1997 Canadian Librarian Association YoungAdult Book of the YearThe Crying Jesus, Saskatchewan Book Awards, SaskatoonBook of the Year, 1998.  The Ring, Saskatchewan Writers' Guild ShortManuscript Award, 2004.  Feeding At Nine, Saskatchewan BookAwards, Children's Literature Award, 2007. Mahihkan Lake, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Finalist, Fiction Award, 2016. 

Memberships

The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC), Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), and the Federation of B.C. Writers.