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Annelies Pool

Region: 
North Slave
Community: 
Yellowknife
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Artist Story

I stumbled into a writing career when I made a stop in Hay River, NWT, in January, 1979, during a cross-Canada hitchhiking journey. I had all my worldly possessions in a knapsack on my back, was broke and in need of a job. This materialized as soon as the publisher of the Hay River Tapwe newspaper found out I could type and hired me as a trainee reporter.

I fell in love with writing about the North and worked at various newspapers and magazines. I never quite made it back to the road. I moved to Yellowknife, grew up, got married and settled in an off-grid cabin at Prelude Lake where I lived with my husband and my dogs for 22 years and began a career as a freelance writer.

The beautiful landscape of Prelude Lake nurtured my creativity and helped me to start writing as form of artistic expression. Ever since I began writing for newspapers, I had published creative non-fiction in the form of funny personal columns. In 2010, I published a collection of these columns in my first book iceberg tea, under my own imprint Prelude Books. I have just completed my first novel Free Love and expect it to be published by 2015.

When I’m not writing, I serve as the Executive Director of the NWT’s literary arts organization, NorthWords NWT. 

Artist Bio: 

I stumbled into a writing career when I made a stop in Hay River, NWT, in January, 1979, during a cross-Canada hitchhiking journey. I had all my worldly possessions in a knapsack on my back, was broke and in need of a job. This materialized as soon as the publisher of the Hay River Tapwe newspaper found out I could type and hired me as a trainee reporter.

I fell in love with writing about the North and worked at various newspapers and magazines. I never quite made it back to the road. I moved to Yellowknife, grew up, got married and settled in an off-grid cabin at Prelude Lake where I lived with my husband and my dogs for 22 years and began a career as a freelance writer.

The beautiful landscape of Prelude Lake nurtured my creativity and helped me to start writing as form of artistic expression. Ever since I began writing for newspapers, I had published creative non-fiction in the form of funny personal columns. In 2010, I published a collection of these columns in my first book iceberg tea, under my own imprint Prelude Books.

My first novel Free Love was published November, 2015.

Last Updated: October 12, 2017

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