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Rhea Tregebov

Rhea Tregebov

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Born in Saskatoon and raised in Winnipeg, Rhea Tregebov is the author of seven critically acclaimed collections of poetry, most recently All Souls',  released by Signal Editions, Vehicule Press. Her new novel, set in Toronto and Paris in 1982, is Rue des Rosiers, Wolsak & Wynn, 2019. Her first novel, The Knife Sharpener's Bell,  was listed as a Top 100 Globe & Mail book, and was shortlisted for the Kobzar Prize. In addition to her poetry and fiction, she has edited ten anthologies, including Arguing with the Storm: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers. She has also written five popular children's picture books, including Sasha and the Wiggly Tooth and The Big Storm. Tregebov studied English at the University of Manitoba and Cornell, and earned her Master's Degree at Boston University. She lives in Vancouver, where she is an Associate Professor Emerita of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She retired from teaching in June 2017.

British Columbia


Rue des Rosiers. (novel) Coteau Books, 2019
All Souls'. Signal Editions, Vehicule Press, 2012
The Knife Sharpener’s Bell. (novel) Coteau Books, 2009
Arguing with the Storm: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers (editor). Sumach Press, 2007
(alive): New and selected poems. Wolsak & Wynn, 2004
The Strength of Materials. Wolsak & Wynn, 2001
Mapping the Chaos. Vehicule Press, 1995
The Proving Grounds. Montreal: Véhicule Press, 1991
No One We Know. Aya Press, 1987
Remembering History. Guernica Editions, 1982


BC/Yukon Book Prize Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (shortlist) for Rue des Rosiers, 2020
Nancy Richler Memorial Prize for Fiction for Rue des Rosiers, 2020
Kobzar Prize Shortlist for The Knife Sharpener's Bell, 2012
Manitoba Reads Shortlist for The Knife Sharpener's Bell, 2012
J.I. Segal Award for Jewish Fiction for The Knife Sharpener's Bell, 2010
National Magazine Awards, Poetry, (honorable mention), 1998
Malahat Review Long Poem Award (co-winner), 1993
Prairie Schooner Readers' Choice Award, 1993
Pat Lowther Award, 1982
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Readings from poetry, novels and children's picture books adapted to grade level and audience size. Presentation on how picture books are made for youngest to oldest grade level. Writing from family stories, researching the historical novel, the writer's process, the art of editing. 

Presentation Length:
40 to 50 minutes
poetry, fiction, picture books
kindergarten to 12
Audience Size:
up to 200
Workshop Description:

Poetry workshops for all grade levels adapted appropriately.