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Bianca Lakoseljac

Bianca Lakoseljac

Photo: By Gabrille Quigley, by Frances Gage's sculpture Woman, setting for novel, Stone Woman

 

Bianca Lakoseljac (née Planinčić) is an award-winning author of two novels, Stone Woman (2016) and Summer of the Dancing Bear (2012); a collection of stories, Bridge in the Rain (2010); and a collection of poetry, Memoirs of a Praying Mantis (2009). She holds an MA and an Honours BA in English Literature from York University, and has taught communications at Humber College and Ryerson University in Toronto.

Her awards include the Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature from York University for essay writing, and the Book Excellence Award for Fiction. Bianca is past president of the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto. She was the Open Book Toronto Writer in Residence in 2016; a defender for Georgian Bay Reads in 2018; and has judged various national literary contests such as the National Capital Writing Contest and the Dr. Drummond Poetry Contest. She has also served on the awards panels for the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers Union of Canada. Her poems, essays, and stories have been anthologized nationally and internationally, including in 50 + Poems for Gordon Lightfoot, published by the Stephen Leacock Museum; Canadian Woman Studies, Inanna Publications, York University; Migrating Memories: Central Europe in Canada, the Central European Association for Canadian Studies; War of 1812 Poetry and Prose: an Unfinished War, Black Moss Press; and Musings, The Heliconian Club: Women Living in the Arts. She has served as a board member at The Writers Union of Canada, the Book and Periodical Council, the League of Canadian Poets, among other writers’ associations, and is also a member of PEN Canada.

Bianca lives with her family in Woodland Beach on Georgian Bay where she continues to write, tend to her flower beds, herbs, and the organic vegetable patch, and is inspired by the majestic pine trees and the ever-changing cobblestone beach at the edge of her backyard bordering the lake. She adores her grandchildren and loves cooking nutritious and she hopes delicious dinners for her family and friends. She admires the rugged beauty of the region and the spectacular sunsets of Georgian Bay.

www.biancalakoseljac.ca

Email:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada
City:
Tiny
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Novels, short stories, poetry, essays, book reviews
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

Stone Woman, a novel. 2016, Guernica Editions, Hamilton, ON
Summer of the Dancing Bear, a novel. 2012, Guernica Editions, Hamilton, ON
Bridge in the Rain, collection of short stories. 2010, Guernica Editiona, Hamilton, ON
Memoirs of a Praying Mantis, a collection of poetry. 2009, Turtle Moons Press, Ottawa, ON

Awards

Book Excellence Award for Fiction, 2016
Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature, York University, for essay writing
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Length:
TBA
Genre:
Fiction: novels, short stories. Poetry. Essay writing.
Grades:
TBA
Audience Size:
10+
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes