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Deanna Kawatski

Photo: Eric Procunier 1996

Born in Salmon Arm, B.C., Deanna Kawatski travelled extensively in her twenties, her wandering financed by tree planting back in B.C. In 1974 she studied writing with George Ryga and in 1975 with W.O. Mitchell. Later Deanna spent thirteen years leading a pioneer existence in the wilderness of northern B.C., and writing about it for various magazines including Country Journal and Mother Earth News. Presently she lives at Shuswap Lake with her two children and new partner. She continues to write and also to give workshops and readings.

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Clara and Me. North Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1996.
Wilderness Mother. New York: Lyons and Burford, 1994; Canadian edition: North Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1994.
Bird, Bubble and Stream. Fredericton, NB: Fiddlehead Press, 1980.
Stalking the Wild Heart. Gracesprings Collective, 2010
Wilderness Mother. Gracesprings Collective, 2008
Burning Man, Slaying Dragon (My True & Transformative Travel Tale). Gracesprings Collective, 2012
Samira, the Singing Salmon. Gracesprings Collective, 2014
Big Trees Saved and Other Feats. Shuswap Press, 2014


B.C. Book Prize, Hubert Evans Award Nominee for Clara and Me, 1997.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :