BERNICE LEVER is a prize winning poet and an English teacher, dedicated to improving the writing skills of teenagers and adults. Now she is a freelance editor for poetry and prose manuscripts. She has given numerous successful readings, talks and creative workshops.
Born in Smithers, BC, Canada, Bernice now resides on Bowen Island. She has a BA and MA in English from York University, Ontario as well as teaching certificates and experience in British Columbia and Ontario.
Her travels led to poetry readings on 5 continents, and especially her three years in England, have given Bernice opportunities to discuss language education with other English teachers. In 1989-1990, she developed her text, The Colour of Words. It has 15 chapters in 240 pages, with exercises and examples. Today, her text is available as a free PDF file. Click here for more information.
Retired after teaching English (1986-2000) at Seneca College in Ontario, Bernice has taught from Kindergarten in BC to university English classes at Atkinson College, York University, Ontario.
During Bernice’s career, she has led workshops on academic essays, business communications and creative writing at Ryerson Polytechnic University, the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), both in Toronto, and at various public libraries and schools, in Toronto and Vancouver. For 1977/1978, she hosted the poetry program at the Pasadena Community Centre in California.
October, 2013 was Bernice’s 7th year as a poetry presenter, Blue Pencil editor, panel MC and /or poetry contest judge at Surrey International Writers Conference, BC. From 2001-2004, Bernice was also literary chair of the Bowen Island Arts Council for 3 years, and was active in “Write On Bowen, Readers and Writer’s Festival”. She has presented at many local and national writer’s conferences, including “Words on Water”in Campbell River, BC, 2015, and “Kamloops Writers’ Festival” Nov. 2011.
Bernice founded and coordinated the Richvale Writers Club (1967-2000). In Toronto, she led the Richvale Writers, Waves on stage , and other poetry reading series. Between 1993 and 1995, she was treasurer/VP of the League of Canadian Poets.
From 1998-1999, she was Writer-in-Residence for the CAA Toronto branch, and is a Lifetime Canadian Authors Association member. She was the President of CAA – Vancouver branch, 2001-2003. Since 2006, she has been the Writer-in-Residence of the CAA Vancouver and from 2006 to 2014, national CAA representative on the Public Lending Right Commission under the Canada Council. In 2015, she became VP of Vancouver Tagore Society. Today, Bernice is also active in League of Canadian Poets, Federation of B C Writers, North Shore Writers, The Ontario Writers Society, World Poetry et al.
Bernice has traveled extensively, living outside of Canada for 5 years: 3 years in Cheshire, England and 2 years in the USA: Columbus, OH and in Pasadena, CA. She has read poems in Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and the USA. Bernice has performed her poems in Canada on radio, television and on many public stages, from Halifax, NS to Victoria, BC; for which, she gratefully records support from Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Metro Toronto Arts Council and various employers.
Bernice Lever has published and edited in many genres. Her workshops on creativity and marketing have helped many writers get published. She edited WAVES, a prize winning literary journal from 1972-1987, and many other publications and publishing companies, including 4 years with Dundurn Press, in Toronto, Ontario.