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Lesley Choyce

Lesley Choyce was born in New Jersey in 1951, and has lived in Canada since 1978. Throughout the years, Choyce has worked as a rehab counselor, a freight hauler, a corn farmer, a janitor, a journalist, a guitarist, a newspaper boy and a well-digger, but he is best-known for his work as a writer. From young adult fiction, to poetry, to histories and anthologies, Choyce's name is attached to almost 100 published texts. In addition to writing, Choyce also teaches part-time at Dalhousie University, runs Pottersfield Press, hosts a Halifax-based talk show, is part of a band called "Lesley Choyce and the Surf Poets," and, as evident by his band's name, is an avid surfer. 

Choyce currently lives in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. 

Awards and Honours: 

Awards:  Teaching Excellence Award (Dalhousie University, 2009); Ann Connor Brimer Award (1994 & 2003); Author’s Award, Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters (Co-winner, 1995); Best Writer in Halifax (Coast Magazine, 2001-06); Landmark East Literacy Award (2000); Manitoba’s Young Reader’s Choice Award (1994); Pierian Spring Editor’s Award for Poetry; The Dartmouth Book Award (1990 &1995); The Order of St. John Award of Merit

Honours: Red Cedar Award Finalist (2009); Canadian Literature Association’s Young Adult Award Finalist (2005); White Pine Award Short-List (2004); Hackmatack Award Short-List (2000); Event Magazine’s Creative Non-Fiction Competition  Winner (1990);  The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Finalist (1987);  Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award Finalist (1981);

Principal Residences: 

Halifax; Lawrencetown, NS