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Deirdre Kessler

Deirdre Kessler

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Deirdre Kessler was writer-in-residence in Hobart, Tasmania, in the fall of 2007, and also was part of the 20th annual Tasmanian Poetry Festival in Launceston, Tas, October 5-7, 2007. After the Hobart residency, she did readings and workshops on the mainland of Australia, in Melbourne and in Darwin, and travelled by train across the red centre, from Adelaide to Alice Springs, to Darwin. She is currently working on a new novel, _Billy McDonough's Hornpipe_ (working title), and in January will teach creative writing and children's literature with the English Department of the University of Prince Edward Island.

Toronto and environs


Discover Canada: Prince Edward Island. Toronto: Grolier, 1992.
Brupp Rides Again. Charlottetown, PE: Ragweed, 1992.
Bigfoot Sabotage. Charlottetown, PE: Ragweed, 1991.
Lena and the Whale. Charlottetown, PE: Ragweed, 1991.
Lobster in my Pocket. Charlottetown, PE: Ragweed, 1987.
Subtracting by Seventeen and other poems. Saturday Morning Chapbooks, 2006
Rearranging the Sky. Indigo Press, 2007
Afternoon Horses, poetry. Acorn Press, 2009


Feature Article Award for "The Sucking Sound of Hooves in Mud", 1992.
Carl Sentner Short Story Award for "Miss Kincaid Turns to Stone", 1989.
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice for Lobster in my Pocket, 1988.
Anik Award/Prix Anik for "Compass", 1984.
Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island, 1994
Milton Acorn Poetry Award, first prize, 2005
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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Presentation Length:
50-75 minutes
children's fiction and adult poetry
Audience Size:
any size is fine
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