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Deirdre Kessler

Deirdre Kessler is a poet and a children’s book author. Kessler also writes non-fiction for adults and children. She has taught creative writing, composition, and children’s literature at the University of Prince Edward Island. Kessler’s has travelled most of Canada and the United States, as well as Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Italy. Kessler's work has been influenced by her time on PEI as well as the island of Tasmania, where she was the writer in residence in 2007. Kessler has also worked as a writer and broadcaster for CBC Radio and Television. She reported on the arts and also worked as the host of the program, “The Story Show” for children. Kessler has facilitated writing workshops and is a strong advocate for writing, reading, and the arts.

Awards and Honours: 

Milton Acorn Poetry Award, first prize, 2005; Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation Writing Award (2000); Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Award; the Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts in Prince Edward Island Award, 1994; Feature Article Award for "The Sucking Sound of Hooves in Mud", 1992; Carl Sentner Short Story Award for "Miss Kincaid Turns to Stone" 1989; Anik Award/Prix Anik for "Compass," 1984.

Principal Residences: 

Charlottetown, PEI

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