Stella Leventoyannis Harvey was born in Cairo, Egypt and moved to Calgary as a child with her family.
In 2001, Stella founded the Whistler Writers Group, also known as the Vicious Circle, which each year produces the Whistler Writers Festival under her direction. Stella is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in The Literary Leanings Anthology, The New Orphic Review, Emerge Magazine and The Dalhousie Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in Pique Newsmagazine, The Question and the Globe and Mail.
She currently lives with her husband in Whistler.
Nicolai’s Daughters is her first published novel:
Alexia is compelled to fulfill her father’s dying wish to find the half-sister he kept from her. She arrives in father’s village on the edge of the Peloponnese and discovers a culture she knows nothing about, a country in financial crisis. The Sarinopoulos family has been marked by tragedy, war, and a shame fanned by idle village gossip. Looming over Alexia’s visit and the one trip back to Greece her father had taken twenty-five years earlier is the tragedy of Kalavryta.
Told in alternating voices of Alexia and Nicolai, Nicolai’s Daughters uncovers the secret shame that festers in a family.
2013 Long listed finalist, CBC Short Story Contest, “Step 5”
2006 Finalist, Summer Literary Contest, “Veinakh” (Final judge: Margaret Atwood)
2004 Short-listed, “Seconds” and “Headlines” Writers Union of Canada Short Prose
2003 Short-listed, “Endings,” Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Contest
2002 Winner, first prize, “The End”, Short Fiction Contest; The Question