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Library system presents its writer in residence

David A. Poulsen is writer in residence for Chinook Arch Regional Library System. Poulsen will speak Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library.

Aspiring writers have the chance Thursday, Feb. 9 to get some advice from a professional.
Author David A. Poulsen will speak at 7 p.m. at Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library.
Poulsen will talk about his trip to Japan and Korea, where he received the Sakura Medal, a reader’s choice award among English-speaking high school students in Japan.
Poulsen will then read from the Sakura Medal winning novel, Numbers.
Poulsen, whose appearance is by video-conference, will talk about Chinook Arch Regional Library System’s Writer in Residence program.
Through Chinook Arch’s Writer in Residence program, writers can contact Poulsen at the Claresholm Library at 403-625-4168 or by e-mail at to make appointments for one-on-one consultations.
Writers are asked to submit a portion of their writing project two weeks in advance of consultation by e-mail or by dropping it off at Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library.
Works of fiction should be 20 pages long (10 if single spaced) and works of poetry should include five poems.
Poulsen’s earliest success as a writer was in 1984 when his short story “The Welcoming” won the Alberta Culture Short Story Writing Competition.
There have been 20 books since including his young adult novel “Last Sam’s Cage,” which was nominated for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature, the Snow Willow Award and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award.
Poulsen’s work includes “The Prisoners and the Paintings,” which was the 2010 Golden Eagle Children’s Choice Book Award winner.
Poulsen’s other books include “The Vampire’s Visit,” “The Book of Vampire,” “Billy and the Bearman,” “No Time Like the Past,” “Ride the High Country,” “Robokicker,” “Cowboy Cool,” “Don’t Fence Me In,” “Jeremy’s Song,” “Dream,” “Blind Date,” “Ride for the Crown,” “Wild Thing,” “The Cowboy Kid” and “The Hunk Machine.”
“Vampire’s Visit” was a 1999 finalist for Red Cedar Book Award in B.C.
“Billy and the Bearman” was the 1998 finalist for The Blue Heron Book Award in Ontario and the 1997 Choice Award from Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
In 2005, Poulsen was awarded an Alberta Centennial Medal for “outstanding contributions to Alberta and Albertans” in recognition of his writing for children and young adults.
In addition to writing for young readers, Poulsen also makes more than 180 visits a year to schools, where he talks to children about writing.
When Poulsen isn’t writing, he works as a professional rodeo announcer and as public programs co-ordinator for Parks Canada at the Bar U Ranch.
Poulsen and his wife Barb raise horses and Texas longhorn cattle on their ranch near Claresholm.

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