Bernice Lever

Bernice Lever ,born in Smithers, BC, was a founder of WAVES, literary magazine from 1972-1987 and has published nine books of poetry, (Red Letter Day, Black Moss, 2014),  a teaching CD: The Colour of Words, and much short prose.

Her patience with committees has involved her in the Canadian Authors Association, League of Canadian Poets, Federation of BC Writers and other local writer groups. She has read poems, (some were prize winners), across Canada, USA  and on four other continents. She has won four Lifetime Achievement awards, including CAA’s Sangster Award.

As Writer-in-Residence for Canadian Authors Association – Vancouver,
 she continues in editing and marketing manuscripts for others, which she began doing at Dundurn Press, Toronto in the 1980’s.

Retired from Seneca College’s English Department, Toronto, she now gives writing workshops across Canada, when she is not writing poetry or watching the deer walk by the seashore on Bowen Island, BC.   Bernice Lever gets ‘high’ on words.


EXCUSES, for All Occasions – verse, Highway Book Shop, 1979
SINGING, Canadian Women Prisoners, editor, Highway Book Shop, 1979
YET WOMAN I AM – poetry, Highway Book Shop, 1980
SOMETIMES THE DISTANCE – poetry, Mosaic Press, 1986
THE COLOUR OF WORDS – grammar & composition text,self-pub., 1990
THE WAITING ROOM – prose, Highway Book Shop, 1999
‘Colour’ text  © Teacher’s Handbook, 1994
THINGS UNSAID – poetry, Black Moss Press, 1996
MIX SIX – 6 poets, Mekler & Deahl, 1996
UNCIVILIZING – 6 poets, Insomniac Press, 1997
LANGUAGE(S)/PRISON(S) – 4 poets, League of Canadian Poets, 1999
‘Colour’ text expanded to 240 pp. & 33 pp. answers in    1999. TM
Now only available as a CD or E-file -with colour.
BLESSINGS – poetry, Black Moss Press, 2000
SEEDS #5, ed., 10 pp. poetry included, Hidden Brook  Press, 2001
SIX VOICES – 6 poets, Hidden Brook Press, 2002
NEVER A STRAIGHT LINE – poetry, #17 Palm Poet series, Black Moss, 2007
GENERATION – poetry, Black Moss Press, fall, 2009
IMAGINING LIVES – poetry, 64/10 series, Black Moss Press, 2012
ENCOMPASS 1 – 5 poets, The Ontario Poetry Society, 2013
RED LETTER DAY – poetry, Black Moss Press, fall, 2014

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