B.A. Markus started her professional writing career as a weekly columnist for "Eye Weekly" entertainment magazine in Toronto while finishing her Masters' degree at U of T. When she ran away to a remote island in British Columbia her first play "She He" won Victoria's Belfry Theatre's one-act play competition. She continued writing for theatre eventually creating three interactive musical productions for young audiences that she performed across Canada. When she moved to Montreal she met and began collaborating with musicians on the blues and jazz scene both in Montreal and internationally. These musicians include Michael Jerome Browne, Eric Bibb and Bob Walsh. Her lyrics are award-winning, Grammy and Juno nominated and heard around the world on both public and commercial radio and right here too.
In 2018 she won the Malahat Review's Creative Nonfiction prize for her essay,
How Can a Dog Help a Goose?" In 2014 she won the Carte Blanche Creative Nonfiction Collective Prize for her essay "On Good Days". She has been short-listed for the CBC/QWF fiction prize twice and long-listed for the CBC Creative Nonfiction prize once.
Her writing can be found in publications and anthologies including Queen's Quarterly, Carte Blanche, In the Company of Animals and most recently in Inanna Press' Writing Menopause. She tells true stories at Montreal's Confabulation Storytelling events and at Yarn. She also teaches English and creative writing.