Choyce, Lesley

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Choyce, Lesley

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Lesley Choyce was born in Riverside, New Jersey, in 1951. He studied at East Carolina University and Livingston College before receiving his BA from Rutgers University and MA degrees from both Montclair State College and City University of New York Graduate Centre. Choyce immigrated to Canada in 1978, where he worked variously as a farmer, journalist, rehabilitation counsellor and janitor.

His writing encompasses a variety of genres: autobiography, history, fiction, young adult fiction, philosophy and poetry. He has also worked in film, music, radio and television, hosting and co-producing Vision TV's Off the Page with Lesley Choyce. He is the founding director of Pottersfield Press and of the literary magazine The Pottersfield Portfolio. His own work has been translated into Spanish, German, French and Danish, and he has received both the Dartmouth Book Award and the Ann Connor Brimer Award for outstanding contributions to Atlantic Canadian children's literature.

Choyce teaches part time in the English Department and the Transition Year Program at Dalhousie University. Based in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, he is well-known as a year-round surfer and a founding member of the 1990s spoken-word rock band, The Surf Poets.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department of English (1925-)

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Lesley Choyce is a senior instructor in Dalhousie's Transition Year Program for Black and Mi’kmaq students and teaches creative writing in the Department of English.

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