Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ninth born.

"I love these new poems and find the writing irresistibly energetic and imaginative. It's a beautiful, bountiful piece of work." -Barry Dempster

Wretched Beast
by Shelley A. Leedahl

ISBN 978-1-894543-71-2

The latest poetry collection by multi-genre writer Shelley A. Leedahl is a visceral and imagistic sojourn documenting a poet’s walk through prairie woodlands and forests (“moose tracks on the moose tracks”), urban Canadian streets and foreign country lanes, and across significant life transitions.

The poems in Wretched Beast bridge signpost personalities, destinations, intense phases of self-imposed solitude, and sometimes raw experiences , leaving a never-before map in their emotional wake. Ripe with birds and garter snakes, with awe for the unlikely (“skates slung over shoulders in the old way”), with whimsy, praise, and with poems unafraid to ring in the minor key, Leedahl meticulously delivers her passionate art of walking, of listening inward and out, and of rising when it is no small thing.

Leedahl frequently presents her work and leads writing workshops across Canada. She was born and raised in SK, recently lived in Edmonton, and is currently based in Wilson Creek on BC’s Sunshine Coast.

Contact her at to have a signed copy mailed to your address. ($25, includes shipping\handling)   Books can also be ordered directly from the publisher:
Book launch and tour details are forthcoming. Please stay tuned.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Saskatchewan retreat house (for writers, visual artists, and other creators).

Making art.
Sometimes it requires solitude.
And listening to the quiet voice that's your own.

Imagine an extended retreat with inspiration drawn from walking
through woodland trails, interacting with gentle wildlife,
and circumnavigating a quiet prairie lake.

Enjoy the luxury of time and space ... for your art, and for yourself.

Literary writer Shelley A. Leedahl is offering her home in the scenic village of Middle Lake, Saskatchewan (1.5 hours NE of Saskatoon) for creative or contemplative retreats. Individual or two-person residencies preferred, and two month minimum requested. Dog companions welcome.

The two bedroom plus study, perfectly private house with large garden and two-car garage is on the village edge. The home floods with light. The broad western sky provides a dramatic backdrop to your creative work. A postcard ten-minute walk through the woods leads to the quiet lakeshore. Birds and nature are abundant.

Retreat rate is $800\month (single) or $1200\month (double),
wirelss internet and utilities included. 
Better rates negotiable for longer retreats. 

Your view (woods just to the left of image).

Dining room with window toward the sunset.

House is furnished and includes upright grand piano.

Lucien Lake.

One corner of the large private garden.

Please contact Shelley A. Leedahl
or 604-989-4959 for more information
or to reserve your private retreat now.