The page of Gom, Leona, English biography
Leona Gom is a Canadian poet and novelist. Born 1946, on an isolated farm in northern Alberta, she received her B.Ed. and M.A. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She has published six books of poetry and eight novels and has won both the Canadian Authors Association Award for her poetry collection Land of the Peace in 1980 and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her novel Housebroken in 1986.
She taught for many years at Douglas and Kwantlen Colleges and also at the University of Alberta and U.B.C. For about ten years she edited the award-winning magazine Event. She held writer-in-residencies at U of A, University of Lethbridge, and University of Winnipeg.
Her work has been included in many journals and over fifty anthologies, and five of her books have been translated into other languages. Her novel The Y Chromosome has been optioned for a movie and has been used as a text in both Women's Studies and sociology courses in Canada and the U.S. Her latest novel is The Exclusion Principle (Sumach Press, 2009). Quill & Quire calls it "an entertaining read, in which the quotidian world of marriage and the exotic field of astronomy mesh." The Leona Gom Archive is housed at the University of Calgary.
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