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Shelley A. Leedahl is a prolific multi-genre writer and former Saskatchewanian who now lives on Vancouver Island. Her most recent books are The Moon Watched It All (all ages, Illustrator Aino Anto, Red Deer Press; I Wasn't Always Like This (essays, Signature Editons. Winnipeg); Listen, Honey (short stories, DC Books, Montreal); Wretched Beast (poetry, BuschekBooks, Ottawa); and The House of the Easily Amused (poetry, Oolichan Books, Lantzville, BC). In 2020 she was the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts' Digital Originals grant, which faciliated the creation and professional production of her weekly literary podcast "Something Like Love" ( https://www.buzzsprout.com/1087382 ).
Leedahl's work has been anthologized in dozens of books ranging from Great Canadian Murder and Mystery Stories (Quarry Press) to The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English, Tenth Anniversary Edition 2017 (Tightrope Books). Most recently her work was included in We Are One: Poems From the Pandemic (Bayeux Arts).
She has regularly led creative writing workshops and enjoyed Writer-in-Residency positions with the Quebec Writers Federation, the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and Sage Hill (Youth Writing Camps in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, SK). She also works as an editor, manuscript evaluator, frequent book reviewer (for SK Books), and freelancer, and often presents in schools and libraries across the country. She was employed as a radio advertising copywriter for several years, and regularly pens real estate listings. In 2019 she added "lyricist" to her curriculum vitae: she's collaborated on music for the Vancouver/San Francisco-based indie band Maltavar.
Leedahl has been the recipient of a number of national and international Fellowships. In 2009 she was a Fellow at Fundacion Valparaiso, in Mojacar, Almeria, Spain. In 2006 she was awarded both the Wallace Stegner Grant for the Arts (Eastend, SK) and a Fellowship to attend the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Georgia (US). In 2004 she was a Fellow at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (Scotland), and in 2002/2003 she was one of five Canadian writers selected for the Canada-Mexico Writing/Photography Exchange in Mérida (Mexico) and Banff.
Other career highlights include participation in the Labrador Creative Writing Festival, and having her children's book, The Bone Talker selected for a White Ravens designation and publication in Braille. She has thrice been shortlisted for the National CBC Radio Literary Awards (Poetry Category).
Aside from writing, Leedahl enjoys long distance running; hiking; kayaking; building community; and playing piano, guitar and singing. She welcomes invitations for one-on-one manuscript evaluations and editing, and is keen to present online workshops and readings.