Currently I’m pursuing my MFA in Creative Nonfiction at The University of King’s College in Halifax. Nova Scotia.
For the past sixteen years I’ve worked as a writer in a number of capacities: as a playwright, a short fiction author, an astrologer, a newspaper columnist, and a theatre critic. My short fiction has been widely published in respected Canadian literary journals such as: The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, and The Windsor Review.
In January 2014 my collaboration with visual artist Patti Normand debuted at The City of Ottawa’s Karsh-Masson gallery. The exhibit, “Little Voices”, uses Normand’s dioramas and my text to tell the story of an imaginary town called Silent Falls. It received very positive reviews in the local media. Peter Simpson, a journalist and art critic from The Ottawa Citizen, wrote, “She [Lesley Buxton] has descriptive powers that bring the scenes to life.”
I’m a graduate of Mountview Theatre School in London, England. For fourteen years I ran my own business, traveling around Ottawa and Western Quebec teaching theatre and creative writing to children and teens. In May of 2013, I was one of the eight spoken-word artists chosen to share their story at This Really Happened at Montreal Writer’s Festival.
I’m writing a memoir based on my blog: One Strong Girl.