Bio

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Leanna McLennan is a writer and educator born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. She received a BA in Literary Studies from the University of Toronto in 1993, and was awarded an MA in Creative Writing from Concordia University in 1999.

Her literary writing has been published in leading Canadian literary journals, including the Antigonish Review, Broken Pencil, Can’t Lit: Fearless Fiction From Broken Pencil, CV2, Fiddlehead, Matrix, Taddle Creek and Third Floor Lounge: An Anthology of Poetry from the Banff Centre for the Arts Writing Studio.

Acting was her first career. Highlights include improvising with The Kids in the Hall and The Second City. As well, she has extensive experience teaching writing at art and design universities, and was nominated for The Price Teaching Award  at OCAD University. She currently teaches writing at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Her fiction and poetry often feature artists: actors, visual artists, musicians and other performers. She has recently completed two novels: Go See, a coming of age novel about a visual artist set in Calgary and New York in the 1980s, and Trapeze, the story of conjoined twin women working in the circus in America in the 1930s.

She has also worked in Canada as a television writer.

© Leanna McLennan 2017

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