Michael Ondaatje is a writer and poet, best known for his Booker Prize winning novel, The English Patient (1992), which became an Oscar winning film in 1996, directed by Anthony Minghella. His other prose works include The Collected Words of Billy the Kid (1970), Coming Through Slaughter (1976), Running in the Family (1982), The Skin of a Lion (1987), Anil’s Ghost (2000) and The Story (2006).
He has published numerous volumes of poetry and edited The Faber Book of Contemporary Short Stories (1990) and The Brick Reader (1991). His most recent novel, Divisadero, was published in 2007. He is currently a member of the Department of English at Glendon College, York University in Toronto and has been on the Wasafiri Advisory Board since 1996.