I am a writer and teacher with a recently published collection of poetry, Afternoon Horses (Acorn Press), two poetry chapbooks, and many poems published in journals and magazines. I am author of a dozen young people's novels and children's picture books, which have been translated into French, Dutch, and German, and author of over a dozen educational and commercial texts. In addition, I have worked as a writer and broadcaster with CBC Radio and Television, specifically as arts reporter and as host of CBC Radio's "The Story Show" for children, have worked as a book editor and as a writing workshop facilitator. For many years I have taught creative writing and children's literature part-time with the University of Prince Edward Island's Department of English.

Some of my family.
From left: Chase, Ella, Deirdre, Cole, Georgia, Riley, Patty.

Iyengar yoga workshop in Halifax with Jawahar Bangera from Mumbai.
From left to right: Charles Sanderson, Deirdre Kessler, Jawahar Bangera, Marie Hunt.

Deirdre making notes after last day of Jawahar's workshop.