A-R International: Lee Kvern

Lee Kvern
Authors-Readers International

Photo credit: Monique de St-Croix

Lee Kvern is an award-winning author of short stories and novels. Her stories in 7 Ways To Sunday have garnered the national CBC Literary Award, Western Magazine Award, Hazel Hilles Memorial Short Fiction Prize, and the Howard ‘O’ Hagan Award. Afterall was selected for Canada Reads (Regional), and nominated for Alberta Books Awards. The Matter of Sylvie was nominated for Alberta Book Awards and the Ottawa Relit Award. Lush Triumphant was a finalist for 2018, and nominated for Best of the Net 2018. Her work has been produced for CBC Radio, published in Grain, Event, Descant, Air Canada enRoute, Tishman Review, Globe&Mail, subTerrain. On-line her work has been published in Joyland.ca, Foundpress.com, LittleFiction.com.

Lee Kvern is the past Alberta Writer’s Guild Mentor 2014 and former Writer-in-Residence for the Canadian Authors Association 2013.


Lee Kvern was one of the authors I met after I moved back to Calgary in 2008. She was a friend of Betty Jane Hegerat, Barb Howard, Lori Hahnel (all three have been promoted here on A-RI) along with many other Calgary-area authors I was promoting at the time. Lee’s novel, The Matter of Sylvie, was published then, and Lee was taking part in blue pencil cafes as an instructor, as well. I signed up for her help with one of my short stories and really appreciated the insight she gave that reading of my work.

Lee was also asked to take part, along with Barb Howard, in a launch of Bruce Hunter‘s reboot of Country Music Country (published by IslandCatEditions!) in Calgary in May, 2019. (Bruce has also been promoted as part of this series.) Here’s a photo from that evening …

Barb Howard, Bruce Hunter, Lee Kvern, Dymphny Dronyk

Photo credit: Monique de St. Croix
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7 Ways to Sunday

Lee Kvern’s collection contains stories which revolve around humanity in all its flawed glory: an artist’s girlfriend dies by mistake; a mother holds surveillance on her son’s foray into drugs; a sibling’s jealousy toward her sickly brother; a father’s death; a mother’s fear for her unbridled, grade-two son; a woman with a hijab in the modern world of Save-on groceries. An arborist, his wife and a Shar-Pei are in need of an attitude adjustment; a dying senior looks back over her life, her children, her lost love; RCMP and prostitutes come for tea on a Wednesday afternoon.

People can connect with Lee Kvern via Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @LeeKvern

What Lee is doing now: “I’m currently teaching short story writing at Alexandra Writers Centre Society in Calgary, also working on short stories in-between learning to paint over the last three years. Find my art work on Instagram #leekvern.

Lee Kvern was previously promoted on Reading Recommendations in March 2015.


2 responses

  1. Literature with well developed character, realistic plots with all the conflicts of life – the easiest way to explore issues/problems of modern society – people feel safe discussing fictional character rather than themselves or others. Too few schools have abandoned using literature as tool to teach kids life and ways/how to function in civil society,
    Keep writing, authors – it’s important.

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