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Brenda Levy Tate

Author's Bio

I live in southwest Nova Scotia, Canada, a region which has deeply influenced my personal history in almost every aspect. I spent my working life as a senior high teacher, and still substitute-teach even in retirement. While most of my poems are intended for adult readers, I've also been inspired by a succession of memorable young people to write about issues that concern them. I especially enjoy doing poetry workshops for and with teenagers. I have presented adult workshops in my local area and - true to my drama-teacher persona - I'm always delighted to give readings.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Wingflash (The Pink Petticoat Press, 2011), Cleansing (Rising Tide Press, 2005)
Chapbooks:
Beeline (Lopside Press, 2007)
Anthologies:
Tipping the Sacred Cow (Fortunate Childe Publications, 2011), Vintage (Fortunate Childe Publications, 2011), Postcards from Eve (Fortunate Childe Publications, 2010), Lilith (Fortunate Childe Publications, 2009), Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets (Biblioasis Press, 2008)
Journals:
Contemporary American Voices, Epicenter, Lily Lit Review, Soundzine, Victorian Violet Press & Journal
Prizes:
IBPC (Web del Sol) - included in Top Ten Poets of the Decade for IBPC, 2002-2010; Poetry SuperHighway Contest 2011 - 2nd Place for "Bargain"; Poetry SuperHighway Contest 2009 - 3rd Place for "Thanatopia"; Winning Writers War Poetry Competition 2007 - HM: "Leaving the Lee Shore"; IBPC 1st Place May 2004: "I No Gone Cat, You Just Not See Me"; IBPC 3rd Place March 2007: "Show But Never Tell"; IBPC 1st Place December 2007: "Ruth in Ward 3A Imagines Herself as a Tree"; IBPC 1st Place March 2008; then HM for 2007-08 Poem of the Year: "Carol for the Brokenhearted"; IBPC 2nd Place April 2008; then HM for 2007-08 Poem of the Year: "Spring Dance"; IBPC 1st Place August 2008: "Tsunami Prelude"; IBPC 3rd Place December 2008: "Momento Mori"; IBPC 1st Place March 2009: "I, Raptor"; IBPC HM January 2011: "The Forgetting Water"; IBPC 2nd Place October 2011: "In the Beginning"; IBPC 2nd Place November 2011: "Hurricane Weather"; 2010 - Pushcart nomination from Fortunate Childe Publications for "Carol for the Brokenhearted"; 2010 - Pushcart nomination from Victorian Violet Press for "Once Woman in the Inn Garden"; 2011 - Pushcart nomination from Fortunate Childe Publications for "Tern, Tern, Tern"; 2011 - Pushcart nominations from The Pink Petticoat Press for "I No Gone Cat, You Just Not See Me" and for "Calving Season" (prose-poetry)

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Listing last updated: February 1, 2012

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Sydney, NS
Raised in:
Wolfville, NS

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