PhD (2001) Comparative Literature, University of Toronto
Creative nonfiction, the essay (personal, lyric and otherwise), memoir, hybrid genres, archives, life-writing, audio storytelling.
Julija Šukys is a writer of creative nonfiction. She is the author, most recently, of Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter's Reckoning, winner of the 2018 Vine Award for Non-fiction & the 2018 AABS Book Prize; Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė, winner of the 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature; and Silence is Death: The Life and Work of Tahar Djaout. Šukys is also the Director of the Missouri Audio Project and a Senior Editor at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.
2018 Winner, Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature, Nonfiction (for Siberian Exile)
2018 Winner, AABS Book Prize, Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (for Siberian Exile)
2016-2017 Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Missouri
2015 Arts & Science Faculty Fellow, University of Missouri
2013 Winner, Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature (for Epistolophilia)
Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter's Reckoning, University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė, University of Nebraska Press, 2012.
Silence is Death: The Life and Work of Tahar Djaout, University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
“And I burned with shame”: The Testimony of Ona Šimaitė, Righteous Among the Nations. A Letter to Isaac N. Steinberg. Search and Research 10. Ed. Dan Michman. Trans. of archival documents from Russian, with an introduction. Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2007.
“There Be Monsters” Passages North. A "Notable" in Best American Essays, 2018. This essay contemplates an archival map and what it means to be descended from an accused war criminal.
“In Praise of Slim Volumes: Big Book, Big Evil,” Assay. An essay that examines and reads very short books of nonfiction or the book-length essay.
“Pregnant Pause: On Šimaitė, Archives,Writing and Motherhood,” Feminist Formations. This piece tells of a love triangle of sorts between a mother, her baby, and her biographical subject. It ponders the riddle of how to be both a mother and a writer.
“My link to the past is gone,” The Globe and Mail. An elegiac essay on the passing of a beloved maternal grandmother.