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Lesley Choyce

Author, Editor, Publisher, Teacher


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Lesley Choyce is the author of 94 books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He runs Pottersfield Press and has worked as editor with a wide range of Canadian authors. He has edited a number of literary anthologies and hosted several television shows over the years.
Choyce has been teaching English and Creative Writing at Dalhousie and other universities for over thirty years and has acted as mentor to many emerging writers during that time. He has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and has won The Dartmouth Book Award, The Atlantic Poetry Prize and The Ann Connor Brimer Award. Choyce was also a founding member of the 1990s spoken word rock band, The SurfPoets.
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94 books published: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, young adult novels, children's
Atlantic Poetry Prize, 2013.
Finalist for the Governor General’s Award, 2014.
Finalist for the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award, 1981.
First place in short fiction and the novel: Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Literary Awards.
Pierian Spring Editor's Award for poetry.
The Order of St. John Award of Merit.
Short-listed for The Stephen Leacock Medal, 1987.
The Dartmouth Book Award, 1990, 1995; short-listed 1991, 1992, 1993.
Event magazine's Creative Nonfiction Competition, winner 1990.
Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature, 1994, 2003; short-listed 1992, 1993.
Manitoba's Young Reader's Choice Award, finalist, 1994, 2008.
Authors Award, Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters, co-winner, 1995.
Short-listed for the Hackmatack Award for children’s writing, 2000.
Short-listed for White Pine Award, 2004, 2008, 2010.
Finalist for Canadian Librarians Association Young Adult Award, 2005.
Short-listed for Stellar Book Awards, 2007.
American Library Association Quick Pick, 2008.
Short-listed for the Foreword Magazine Book Award, 2008
Finalist for the Alberta Book Award, 2008.
First Place: Canadian Surfing Championships, 1995.
Landmark East Literacy Award, 2000.
Poet Laureate for the Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament, 2000.
Best Writer of Halifax (Coast Magazine): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.
Finalist: Book of the Year Award –ForeWord Magazine
Teaching Excellence Award – Dalhousie University Student Union, 2009.
Short-listed for Red Cedar Award, 2009.
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