portriatLeslie Greentree has published a book of short fiction: A Minor Planet for You (University of Alberta Press, 2006); and two books of poetry: go-go dancing for Elvis (Frontenac House, 2003) and guys named Bill (Frontenac House, 2002). Leslie was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize for Poetry 2004 for go-go dancing for Elvis, and won the Howard O’Hagan Prize for Short Fiction in 2007 for A Minor Planet for You.  

She co-wrote the play Oral Fixations with her life partner Blaine Newton; Oral Fixations had its world premiere in Red Deer in October 2014 with Ignition Theatre. Leslie is currently doing final revisions on her fourth book, another collection of short fiction – stay tuned for a publication announcement soon.

Other Credits:

  • The Room of Pickled Things (short story) won the Little Bird Fiction Competition (2013) and was published in the Little Bird 2013 anthology.
  • Oral Fixations (play) won the Red Deer College Scripts at Work Competition in 2012, where it underwent workshopping and was presented in a public staged reading.
  • City of Red Deer Mayor’s Recognition Award for Fine/Performing Arts in 2008 for national and international literary accomplishments, awarded by His Worship Mayor Morris Flewwelling.
  • A Minor Planet for You won the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction; Alberta Book Awards 2007.
  • The Brilliant Save won CBC Alberta Anthology Prize for Short Fiction 2006 and appeared on CBC Radio One and in Alberta Anthology 2007.
  • Professional dance organization Kompany created the theatrical show Blue Suede Shoes around poetry from go-go dancing for Elvis in 2006. The well-reviewed show had a two-week run in Red Deer, Alberta, starring the author and four professional dancers.
  • go-go dancing for Elvis was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry in 2004; the Griffin Prize is international in scope, and is the largest poetry prize in the world.
  • shades of Linda Lee (poem from go-go dancing for Elvis) appeared in Griffin Poetry Prize advertisements on the internet, in the New York Times Book Review and in the London Sunday Times, and was professionally produced by CBC Radio.
  • a fraud confessing won the CBC Poetry Face-Off for Calgary, and went on to compete in the National Poetry Face-Off, which aired across Canada. It appears on the 2004 Poetry Face-Off CD produced by CBC.
  • charcoal drawing (poem from guys named Bill) was made into a short film for CBC’s ArtSpots.
  • stranger (poem from guys named Bill) was selected to appear on Edmonton City Transit as part of the Writers Guild of Alberta Take the Poetry Route.
  • Many poems from guys named Bill and go-go dancing for Elvis have been broadcast on a wide variety of CBC Radio programs from Alberta to Ontario. In 2005, CBC recorded and played Leslie’s reading of Anarchy (from go-go dancing for Elvis) at the South Country Fair, and then contracted to produce it professionally for a subsequent show.

Leslie has read across Alberta, as well as in Saskatoon, Humboldt, Toronto, BC, San Francisco and Ireland. She has been a featured reader at the Griffin Poetry Prize readings, the Dublin Literary Festival, WordFest, Moose Jaw Festival of Words, the Calgary Word on the Street Festival, and the South Country Fair. Leslie has been active with a variety of local and provincial cultural events and organizations and served on a number of cultural boards and juries. Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Greentree earned a B.A. (English) and a B.Ed. (with Great Distinction) at the University of Lethbridge.

As well as the current short story manuscript, Leslie is also working on a novel. She resides in Red Deer, Alberta.