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Shelley A. Leedahl


Shelley A. Leedahl is a prolific multi-genre writer. Her most recent books are I Wasn't Always Like This (essays, Signature Editons. Winnipeg); Listen, Honey (short stories, DC Books, Montreal); Wretched Beast (poetry, BuschekBooks, Ottawa); and The House of the Easily Amused (poetry, Oolichan Books, Lantzville, BC). A new children's book, The Moon Watched It All, is on the horizon with Red Deer Press.  

Leedahl's work  has frequently been anthologized, in books ranging from Great Canadian Murder and Mystery Stories (Quarry Press) to The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013 (Tightrope Books). She has regularly led creative writing workshops and enjoyed Writer-in-Residency positions with the Quebec Writers Federation, the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and Sage Hill (Youth Writing Camps in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, SK). She also works as an editor, manuscript evaluator, book reviewer, and freelancer, and often presents in schools and universities. She was employed as a radio advertising copywriter for several years.  

Leedahl has been the recipient of a number of national and international Fellowships. In 2009 she was a Fellow at Fundacion Valparaiso, in Mojacar, Almeria, Spain. In 2006 she was awarded both the Wallace Stegner Grant for the Arts (Eastend, SK) and a Fellowship to attend the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Georgia (US). In 2004 she was a Fellow at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (Scotland), and in 2002/2003 she was one of five Canadian writers selected for the Canada-Mexico Writing/Photography Exchange in Mérida (Mexico) and Banff.

Other career highlights include participation in the Labrador Creative Writing Festival, and having her children's book, The Bone Talker selected for a White Ravens designation and publication in Braille. She has thrice been shortlisted for the National CBC Radio Literary Awards (Poetry Category). 

Asid from writing, Leedahl enjoys long distance running, hiking, gardening, and playing piano and guitar. She is the parent of two adult children, Taylor Leedahl (also a writer) and Logan Leedahl. The Saskatchewan-born and raised writer now lives in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island.



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The Bone Talker. Red Deer Press, 1999; Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2005.
Orchestra of the Lost Steps. Thistledown Press, 2004.
Talking Down the Northern Lights. Thistledown Press, 2001.
Tell Me Everything. Coteau Books, 2000.
A Few Words For January. Thistledown Press, 1997, 1990
Sky Kickers. Thistledown Press, 1994
The House of the Easily Amused. Oolichan Books, 2008
Wretched Beast. BuschekBooks, 2011
Riding Planet Earth. Phoenix Books, Thistledown Press, Roussan Publishers Inc, 2010, 2006, 1997
Listen, Honey. DC Books, 2012
The Moon Watched It All. Red Deer Press, Forthcoming
I Wasn't Always Like This (Essays). Signature Editions, 2014


Nominated, Saskatchewan Book Awards: Book of the Year, Fiction Book of the Year, Saskatoon Book of the Year for Orchestra of the Lost Steps, 2004.
Winner, John V. Hicks Manuscript Award (for "Orchestra of the Lost Steps" - stories) for Orchestra of the Lost Steps, 2001.
Nominated, Saskatchewan Book of Poetry Award and Saskatoon Book Award for Talking Down The Northern Lights, 2001.
Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year, Children's Literature (United States) for The Bone Talker, 2000.
Nominated, Saskatchewan Book Awards: Book of the Year and Children's Literature Award for The Bone Talker, 1999.
Saskatchewan Writers Guild Short Manuscript Awards for First Place, Creative NonFiction; First Place, Children's Literature, 2006
Shortlisted for CBC Radio Literary Competition ("The Blue Notebook," poetry), 2007
Winner, John V. Hicks Manuscript Award (for "The Blue Notebook" - poetry), 2008
Arc Poem of The Year Contest for Editor's Choice Award, 2009
CBC Radio Literary Competition for Poetry Suite "Wretched Beast" shortlisted, 2009