Lenore Rowntree – Surrey Muse


Lenore is an award-winning poet. She is also an essayist, dramatist, short-story writer and novelist. Born and raised in Toronto, she now lives in Vancouver.

Lenore’s poems, essays and short stories have been published in several magazines and journals including The New Quarterly, Geist Magazine, Other Voices, and in the anthologies the Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books 2010) and Poet to Poet (Guernica Editions 2012). Her children’s poetry collection, Love Letters, won the Gold Medal from the Moonbeam Childrens’ Book Awards in 2007. Her creative non-fiction essay “Flat Champagne” was nominated for a CBC Literary Award in 2009. Her play, The Woods at Tender Creek, was produced and staged at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in 2010 as part of the Walking Fish Festival.

Lenore writes on a range of subjects but particularly on mental health. She is the co-editor of and a contributor to Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness, a collection of essays on mental illness published in 2012. She touches again on mental health in her debut novel, Cluck, which was a finalist in the Great BC Novel Contest (2013).

Lenore’s major artistic inspiration is her sister Beth who is also a writer.

Website: lenorerowntree.com

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