Sarah de Leeuw

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Sarah de Leeuw (born 1973) is a Canadian writer who wrote Unmarked: Landscapes Along Highway 16, Frontlines: Portraits of Caregivers in Northern British Columbia, and Geographies of a Lover.

A native of British Columbia, she grew up in Duncan, the Queen Charlotte Islands and Terrace. She has worked as a tug boat driver, logging camp cook and journalist. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in creative writing from the University of Victoria where she worked on the student newspaper, The Martlet[1] and a PhD in cultural/historical geography from Queen's University.

Her books Unmarked: Landscapes Along Highway 16 (2004) and Frontlines: Portraits of Caregivers in Northern British Columbia (2011) reflect her interest in geography and small communities in British Columbia. Unmarked is a series of short essays, each linked to a specific place, evoking the local geography and community, and often linked to memories from de Leeuw's childhood. Frontlines is a series of biographical essays about people working in health care and their connections with community. Geographies of a Lover (2012), described by poet Nancy Holmes as "a true eco-erotic text that fuses the lonely carnality of body with the vulnerable vastness of continental landscapes" also represents de Leeuw's interest in human relationships with physical geography.

In 2013 Geographies of a Lover won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the annual BC Book Book Prize for the best book of poetry by a British Columbian author.

De Leeuw won the CBC Literary Award for creative non-fiction in 2009 with "Columbus Burning",[2] and placed second the following year with "Quick-quick. Slow. Slow."[3]


  1. ^ "de Leeuw, Sarah". NeWest Press. Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Halifax poet and Toronto writer win CBC awards". 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Twelve writers receive honours at this year's CBC Literary Awards". 18 March 2010. Archived from the original on 16 November 2010.