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Shelley A. Leedahl
Shelley A. Leedahl is a prolific multi-genre writer in Edmonton. The most recent of her ten books are Listen, Honey (short stories, DC Books, Montreal); Wretched Beast (poetry, BuschekBooks, Ottawa); and The House of the Easily Amused (poetry, Oolichan Books, Lantzville, BC). Aside from poetry and short fiction, Leedahl writes creative non-fiction, novels, video poems, and children's literature, including the multi-award-winning children's book The Bone Talker (with illustrator Bill Slavin).
Her 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).
Leedahl has regularly led creative writing workshops and has held 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 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).
Aside from her literary work, Leedahl also works as a radio advertising copywriter for two rock and roll stations in Edmonton. She is a long distance runner and swimmer, an avid gardener, a piano and guitar player, and she has seen a fair bit of the world on a shoestring (aka literary writer's) budget. She is the parent of two adult children, Taylor Leedahl (also a writer) and Logan Leedahl.