Chelene Knight is a Vancouver based poet, author, editor and mentor. She has published a collection of her poems Braided Skin, and a memoir. Her memoir titled Dear Current Occupant is the winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and it is long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. In 2019, Chelene was selected as a Writers’ Trust Rising Star. Her essays have appeared in Canadian and American literary journals and national newspapers. Her work appears in various anthologies including Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter. Earlier, Chelene worked as the managing editor at Room (2016-2019), and programming director for the Growing Room Festival (2018, 2019), and now she is the CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials and Breathing Space Creative. Chelene accepts speaking engagements unpacking issues around home, belonging and belief, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling. At this time, Chelene is working on Junie, a novel set in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley.
At the June 26th virtual gathering of Surrey Muse, Chelene will be the Featured Poet. More about the Gathering: the-4th-virtual-gathering
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