Here is my TEDx talk that went live November 26th 2013. I hope it will inspires some of you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TKR-IKtaCg&feature=share...
Shelley A. Leedahl
Shelley A. Leedahl is a prolific multi-genre writer. Her most recent 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). I Wasn't Always Like This, a collection of essays, will be released in Fall 2014 with Signature Editions, and 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.
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).
Aside from her literary work, Leedahl also works as a radio advertising copywriter. 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. The Saskatchewan-born and raised writer called Edmonton home from Jan. 2010 - March 2014 and now lives on Vancouver Island in Ladymith, BC.