Canadian Poetry Online top banner link to Canadian Poetry Online home page link to University of Toronto Libraries home page

Odds and Ends


  • Favourite book when young: Journey to The Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne.


  • Favourite book now: unknown.


  • Career: I avoided one. To busy myself, I write novels and autobiographical books, host a TV show, teach part time at a university, run a publishing company, surf, freelance TV and radio work, perform and record alternative music and raise spinach.


  • My family and pets: 2 kids (12 and 18); a dog and bunch of pigeons and a budgie. I used to have a goat and a telepathic raven as well as a one-winged seagull. No kidding.

  • Room where I write: Overlooking the ocean on a hillside at Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.


  • What I do in my spare time: surf, hike, play electric guitar with heavy distortion, imagine, travel, imagine some more.


  • As a kid I was: skinny, smart but not very cool, daydreamed a lot and made Tarzan swings, river rafts and tree forts.


  • My first book: the publisher thought it wasn't all that good but I should be encouraged. It was a skinny little book of poetry called Reinventing the Wheel ten years in the making. Kind of immature but full of insight.


  • Where ideas come from: everything and anything. What makes me happy, what makes me scared. Bang, an idea arrives in the middle of the night.


  • Influences: waves, Nova Scotia, trees, dragonflies, kids, skateboarders, dogs, eccentric people, Canada, ice, music, books.


  • How I work: I don't work, never have. Mostly I just have fun and make stuff up.


  • Something I don't really approve of: shoes.


  • Advice: Do it. Forget about money and live. Make up your own life as it goes along. Don't let television or anybody do it for you.

Lesley Choyce's works copyright © to the author.


Canadian Poetry Online bottom banner link to University of Toronto Libraries home page link to Digital Collections home page link to University of Toronto Library catalogue link to Canadian Poetry Online home page link to University of Toronto Libraries home page