Kenneth Leslie: GG Winner, East Coaster and Extraordinary Sonneteer
Rediscovered by Zachariah Wells, poet, critic and editor of the upcoming anthology _Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets_.
He was a farmer, a teacher, a preacher, a political activist, a journalist, a broadcaster, a composer, a restaurateur and a cab-driver. He was blacklisted by _Life_ magazine as one of fifty prominent “dupes and fellow travelers” of communism during the McCarthy era. On top of all this, Kenneth Leslie was one of the most gifted poets of his day, and won the Governor General’s Award in 1938 for his collection, _By Stubborn Stars_. Although he travelled widely and lived in New York, Boston and Paris, Leslie’s poetry was stubbornly rooted in the culture and landscape of Nova Scotia’s north shore.