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Alexis Kienlen

Photo: Andrea Beça 2019

Alexis Kienlen is a poet, journalist, fiction writer, book reviewer, and creative writing teacher whose work has appeared in numerous publications across Canada. Born in Saskatoon, Alexis currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds an Honours degree in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Concordia University and a certificate in Food Security with a focus on urban agriculture from Ryerson University.

Alexis currently works as an agricultural journalist for Alberta Farmer newspaper, a position she has held since 2008. Prior to this, she was a reporter for The Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune, and The Wainwright Review. From 2001-2006, she was the literary editor for Ricepaper, a magazine that celebrates Asian Canadian arts and culture. 

From 2007-2018, she wrote a weekly book column forThe Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune

She has significant experience teaching youth. She served as the mentor for the Edmonton teen writing group from 2008-2010, and taught weekly sessions for two summers at Wordsworth writing camp for teens. She is currently a poet available for school workshops as part of the Edmonton Poetry Festival's Verse Project. 

Alexis is skilled at tweeting, blogging and Facebook. She has done everything from writing scripts for live events, to copy editing, and manuscript consultation. 

She is the author of two books of poetry and a biography of a Sikh civil rights activist. Her first novel "Mad Cow", tells the story of an Albertan farm family dealing with the effects of mad cow diseases and was released during the pandemic. 

Her poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in publications in Canada and she has reported from Indonesia, Mongolia, Sweden,  and South Africa.  

Areas of interest include-agriculture, mixed race identity, literature, bellydance, yoga, science, travel, bees, the natural world, ethnic relations and conflict, food security, mental health, film, teenage culture, film, international relations, the history of the Chinese in Canada and Asia. 

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Mad Cow. Now or Never Publishing, 2020
Truth, love and non-violence- The story of Gurcharan Singh Bhatia. Self-published, 2013
13. Frontenac House, 2011
She dreams in Red. Frontenac House, 2007

Awards

Alexis Kienlen for Winner of silver weekly press reporting award from the Canadian Farm Writers Federation for story “Canada picked for sustainable beef pilot.”, 2014
Alexis Kienlen for International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Young Leader Award, 2012
International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Monsanto Bursary for Won a trip to South Africa to attend an international conference and report on South African agriculture, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Northern OAC WITS:
No