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Bianca Lakoseljac

Photo: By Gabrille Quigley, by Frances Gage's sculpture Woman, setting for Stone Woman 2016

Bianca Lakoseljac holds an honours BA and MA in English from York University, and is the recipient of the Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature. Bianca taught communication at Ryerson University and Humber College.

She has served as judge for literary contests such as the National Capital Writing Contest; the Dr. Drummond Poetry Contest; Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest (novel, short story, poetry).

She is a program chair and past president of the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) Toronto Branch; a board member of the Book and Periodical Council; The League of Canadian Poets; Huronia Foundation for the Arts; a member of The Writers Union of Canada; among others.

PUBLICATIONS:

Stone Woman, a novel that relives Toronto's 1967 'summer of love.' Published by Guernica Editions in 2016. It's a story of five women whose lives are bound by a Vietnam War draft dodger immersed in the Yorkville hippie subculture. The story is brought to present through the lives of the women's daughters.

Summer of the Dancing Bear, a historical novel about the "rite of passage" of a fourteen-year old girl, Kata, befriended by a gypsy clan, was published by Guernica Editions in Toronto in June 2012. The story evolves within a village community polarized by racial intolerances, where she grows up under the tutelage of her grandmother. As the story begins, Kata is eight years old. Her imagination is imbued by many haunting influences: by the image of her grandfather who perished in the Second World War, by the gypsies' ominous dealings, and by her grandmother's superstitions. The grandmother is Kata's moral and spiritual guide and a local herbalist seen by many as a witchdoctor having close ties with the gypsies. The novel is set in the countryside near Belgade, during the 1960s still reeling from the Nazi crimes.

Bridge in the Rain, a collection of stories set in Toronto's High Park and linked by an inscription on a park bench, was published by Guernica Editions in Toronto in October 2010. The stories chronicle the travails of seven women who are dealing with turning points in their lives, be it resolving family crises, making a career choice, illuminating a secret behind a local legend, or finding an inspiration for their artistic endeavours.

Memoirs of a Praying Mantis, a collection of poetry adressing the environmental issues, was published by Turtle Moons Press in Ottawa in 2009.

REVIEWS for Summer of the Dancing Bear:

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REVIEWS for Bridge in the Rain

Flower Power, a historical novel with a backdrop of the 1967 Art Symposium in Toronto, is Bianca's work in progress. The novel follows two mother/daughter stories. One story is set in 1967 with Liza, and the second in the present day with Liza's daughter Blossom, as the protagonist. The novel draws on the anti Vietnam War movement symbolized by some of the art work created during the Symposium, such as Mark di Suvero's sculpture Flower Power, from which the novel takes its title.

Her short stories and poems have been published in journals and anthologies such as: Canadian Woman Studies, Inanna Publications and Education, 2007, York University; Canadian Voices, 2009, BookLand Press; Migrating Memories: Central Europe in Canada; Central European Association for Canadian Studies, 2010, among others.

Bianca does readings on a regular basis at writers’ festivals, libraries, and bookstores. biancalakoseljac@rogers.com

www.biancalakoseljac.ca

Phone number:
416-767-2537 or 705-361-0321

Publications

Summer of the Dancing Bear: a novel. Guernica Editions, Toronto, 2012
Bridge in the Rain: stories set in Toronto's High Park and linked by an inscription on a park bench. Guernica Editions, 2010
Memoirs of a Praying Mantis: a collection of environmental poetry. Turtle Moons Press, 2009

Awards

The Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature for The Development of Drama in Shakespeare's Time, York University., 1996
Certificate of Excellence in Education: College Association for Language and Literacy for Approaches to Teaching New Modes of Writing, 2000
Academic Award of Excellence for Approaches to Teaching Techincal Writing, 1998
Dr. Drummond Poetry Competition, Judge's Selection for Of LImestone, a poem, 2009
Writers' Co-op Reading Contest, for Blue Lupins; Life as Monarch; High Park Grenadier, 2009
The Open Heart 4 Poetry Competition, for I Thought of You, a poem, 2010
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Northern OAC WITS:
No
GST:
GST not applicable