Biography Glenda Leznoff was born in Montreal, lived in Toronto, and eventually made Vancouver her home. She works as a writer and painter, and also teaches Creative Writing at Douglas College. She writes in the genres of film, playwriting, fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. Her novel Heartache and Other Natural Shocks (Tundra, 2015), won the Jonathan and Heather Berkowitz Prize at the 2016 Western Canada Jewish Book Awards.
Glenda’s art training began at a very early age when her teacher sent her to take classes with Arthur Lismer (Group of Seven) at The Redpath Museum in Montreal. Unfortunately, the opportunity was wasted on her. Arthur Lismer thought she had a gift for colour, but Glenda thought Arthur Lismer was a scary old man with wild white hair and she was intimidated by his intensity. Oh, to turn back the clock! Glenda later studied art at the Banff School of Fine Arts, took art courses at UBC, and participated in workshops with various teachers including Gordon Smith whose work she greatly admires. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and collections across North America.
When she is not teaching, writing or painting, Glenda enjoys travelling, dancing, and cooking up sumptuous meals for family and friends. According to her offspring, she cannot text and talk at the same time, but in all other respects, is without fault or blemish.