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Vancy Kasper

Vancy Kasper


Vancy Kasper is a poet and was born in Toronto, where she currently resides. She is the great-granddaughter of Joseph Shepard, in whose parlour William Lyon Mackenzie planned his 1837 Rebellion. She earned a B.A. at the University of Toronto and was a journalist for The Toronto Star for nine years. Her sons--Fred Jr. is an electric and jazz bassist in Toronto, and Max is the principal bass for Symphony Nova Scotia--were born on Toronto Island where the family lived for 13 years. Kasper writes fiction and poetry and is working on a fourth young adult novel, a second poetry manuscript, and first adult novel.

Toronto, ON


Escape to Freedom. Toronto: Stoddart, 1991.
Street of the Three Directions. Toronto: Stoddart, 1988.
Mother, I'm So Glad You Taught Me How to Dance. Toronto: Williams-Wallace, 1986.
Always Ask for a Transfer. Toronto: Nelson Canada, 1984.
A Mighty Force. Toronto: Gage Educational Publishing, 1981.


Canadian Library Association, First Honourable Mention for Escape to Freedom.
Shortlisted, Max and Greta Ebel Memorial Award for Street of Three Directions.
First runner-up, Max and Greta Ebel Memorial Award for Always Ask for a Transfer.
Best Story of the Year, JAM Magazine for "I Wish I Was Somebody Else Girl", 1981.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Length:
60-90 min.
Fiction, Poetry
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