Gloria Ann Wesley
Gloria Ann Wesley is an African Nova Scotian writer. She is a graduate of Nova Scotia Teachers College and St. Francis Xavier University and and has taught at all grade levels. At the Strait Regional School Board, she worked in Student Services as a Social Studies and Race Relations Coordinator. She now resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first book of poetry, To My Someday Child, published in 1975, enables her to hold the distinction of being the first published Black Nova Scotian poet (by Resolution of the Nova Scotia Legislature, 5 April 2007). Wesley’s poetry appears in three Canadian anthologies. Her novel Chasing Freedom (2011) was listed as a Grade nine and African Canadian Studies resource by the N.S. Department of Education. Chasing Freedom was short-listed by the 2012 Atlantic Book Award’s for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Young Adult Fiction. Abagail's Wish (2016) is an illustrated children's book (ages 8 - 12) about a young Black Loyalist girl. Her writing brings a unique and interesting perspective about African Nova Scotians. Her Black Loyalist history presentation and readings are designed for students from Grades 3-12.
A dynamic and inspiring speaker, she has a gift for intriguing and engaging her audiences.Publications
To My Someday Child (1975), Woman, Sing (2002), Burlap and Lace (2007), Chasing Freedom (2011)
If This Is Freedom (2013), Abigail's Wish (2016)
Nomination: Ann Connor Brimer Award, 2012