Lenore Rowntree, Writer

photo by Jesse Cahill

Lenore Rowntree is an award-winning writer based in British Columbia. She grew up in Toronto, then moved to Vancouver where she practiced law, and taught at the university and high school level. She began painting and exhibiting in the 1990s, and thought she had averted a potential career crisis when she decided to take her MFA in creative writing and become a full-time writer. She loves to write but finds she still scribbles at law and mucks with paint, so the crisis by necessity is downgraded to a potential collision.

Her writing has been published in several literary journals and magazines, as well as in the anthologies Best Canadian Poetry 2010 (Tightrope Books) and Poet to Poet (Guernica Editions, 2012) and MESS: The Hospital Anthology (Tightrope Books). Her self-illustrated poetry collection for children Love Letters won a gold medal in 2007 from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. In 2009, she was nominated for the CBC Literary Award. And in 2010 her play The Woods at Tender Creek was produced as part of the Walking Fish Festival.

Lenore is a co-editor and contributor to Hidden Lives: true stories from people who live with mental illness, a collection of life stories published by Brindle & Glass in 2012. An updated 2nd edition was published by Brindle & Glass in spring 2017.

Her novel Cluck was published fall 2016 by Thistledown Press.