Leslie Vryenhoek

Leslie Vryenhoek writes fiction, poetry, memoir and promotional copy. She is the author of Scrabble Lessons (fiction), Gulf (poetry).  Her new novel, Ledger of the Open Hand, was nominated for the 2015 BMO Winterset Award. Her work has been published and broadcast across Canada and internationally.  A Manitoban now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, she is also the founding director of the Piper’s Frith writing retreat. Leslie’s diverse communications career has focused on local and international development, advanced education and disaster response.

For more about Leslie, visit her website: www.leslievryenhoek.com


Forthcoming:  Assuming Dawn (Breakwater Books, Fall 2019)

 VLLedgeroftheOpenHandCovLedger of the Open Hand (Breakwater Books, 2015) is a novel about debt and relationships, about just who owes whom, and how we can learn to be generous. Told through the eyes of a young woman trying to own her life, Ledger looks at the folly of trying to live a cautious life—or to balance the books in love.

“A sad, funny tale of friendship and families, of debts owed and lives restored. Ledger of the Open Hand crackles with the clarity and purity of voice… A wonderful, wonderful read. “ ~Will Ferguson

  • Nominated for the 2015 BMO Winterset Award
 VLGulfCovGulf (Oolichan Books, 2011) explores notions of home and belonging in a transient culture. The collection was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award.

“Like one of the questing figures in it,  it straddles the continent, articulating the gaps and disjunctions that create gulfs…. A beautiful debut.”             – Mary Dalton”

Scrabble Lessons (Oolichan Books, 2009) is a debut collection of fiction that delves into the longing that gnaws at our most ordinary days. Dave Williamson, writing in the Winnipeg Free Press, called the author “a new literary voice that’s helping to revitalize the Canadian short story.”“I stopped breathing. shocked, without a trace of cheap thrill. Then I felt only gratitude for the creative leap.” – Jim Bartley, Globe and Mail

“… deeply affecting and gorgeously written… This is a perfect collection of short stories.” – Chad Pelley, Salty Ink


All She Swallowed EarLit Shorts 4
(Rattling Books, 2009)
Cycle EarLit Shorts 4
(Rattling Books, 2009)