• Biography

    Deirdre Dwyer has been writing poetry since her teacher taught her about haiku in grade six. In the meantime, she's worked as an English as a Second Language teacher in Tokyo, a Creative Writing instructor in Halifax, a Sessional Instructor of English in Windsor and a bookseller. Deirdre holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, and was a founding member of the Bourbon Street Poetry Society. She has worked with the Hope for Wildlife Society, a wildlife rehabilitation facility on the Eastern Shore. Deirdre was also Coordinator of the Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers' Market, now in its fifth season. She is presently chair of the Musquodoboit Harbour and Area Community Association, and has recently been writing prose about her three years in Japan and her subsequent travels.

     

    When she visits schools, she can talk about the differences between Japanese and North American cultures, discuss Nova Scotian wildlife, show pictures of some of the wildlife she met at Hope for Wildlife, do writing exercises relating to either prose or poetry connected to these discussions, and read and discuss her own work with the students. 

    Publications
    • Going to the Eyestone. Wolsak & Wynn, 2002. ISBN 0-919897-83-5.

      The Breath that Lightens the Body, Beach Holme, 1999. ISBN 0-88878-394-9.

    • Her poems have been published in the many periodicals and anthologies: Acta Victoriana, The Amethyst Review, The Antigonish Review, Arc, the Bourbon Street Workshop / Ecphore Instalation Piece, BS Poetry Society ECPHORE Poetry Anthology, Canadian Literature, Event, The Fiddlehead, Germination, Lake, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Queen's Quarterly, and TickleAce. She recently had her 200th poem published, in The Antigonish Review.

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    Awards
    • Honourable Mention, 1997 Short Grain Contest.

    • Honourable Mention, 1996 annual writing competition, The Fiddlehead.

    • Honourable Mention, 1994 Short Grain Contest.

    • Second Place, 1985 Atlantic Writing Competition (Poetry Book), Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

    • Winner, 1980 Atlantic Writing Competition (Poetry), Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

      Second place, 2012, Atlantic Writing competition (Creative Non-fiction), Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.