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Kelley Aitken

Photo: Kathy Capello 2012

Kelley Aitken is a writer and artist. Canadian Shield, a collection of short stories informed by the Canadian wilderness was launched by Tightrope books in August of 2016.  Her earlier collection, Love in a Warm Climate, The Porcupine’s Quill, ’98 was nominated for the Commonwealth prize, Best First Book, Canadian Caribbean Region. She is the co-editor of the anthology First Writes, The Banff Press, ‘05. With Maureen Scott Harris, she launched The Raven and the Writing Desk in 2007, a chapbook of Maureen’s haiku and Kelley’s wash drawings.  She teaches drawing in the collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Aga Khan Museum, and co-leads plein air painting trips to France each year. She is currently working on a collection of essays about drawing and museum space. An excerpt: “A Tree, an Elephant, Departure” was published as a chapbook by Field Notes, in 2015.

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Canadian Shield. Tightrope Books, 2016
A Tree, an Elephant, Departure, a chapbook. Field Notes, 2015
First Writes, co-editor. Banff Press, 2005
Love in a Warm Climate. The Porcupine's Quill, 1998


Kelley B Aitken
IPPY Canada East Region, Best Fiction, Bronze Medallion for Canadian Shield, 2017
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