Leslie Greentree’s first book of poetry, guys named Bill (Frontenac House, 2002) was followed a year later by go-go dancing for Elvis (Frontenac House, 2003). In 2004, she won the CBC Poetry Face-off for Calgary with the poem “a fraud confessing,” and competed in the National Face-off. “Fargo’s, Whyte Avenue,” a poem from go-go dancing for Elvis, was selected for inclusion in Writing Alberta: An Anthology by Dr. Robert Stamp (U of C Press).
go-go dancing for Elvis was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry in 2004.
In spring 2006, Greentree published her first volume of short stories, entitled A Minor Planet for You (University of Alberta Press). It won the Howard O’Hagan award for best book of short fiction in 2007.
In 2008, Leslie was awarded a Mayor’s Recognition Award by His Worship Morris Flewwelling, the Mayor of Red Deer, for excellence in the arts.
She has read across Alberta, as well as in Saskatoon, Humboldt, Toronto, BC, 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 is currently a member at large for the Writers Guild of Alberta. Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Greentree earned a B.A. (English) and a B.Ed. (with Great Distinction) at the University of Lethbridge.
Leslie is currently completing a second short story manuscript and is at work on a novel. She resides in Red Deer, Alberta.