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Leo Yerxa

Leo Yerxa
Photo: Rod MacIvor

Ottawa, Ontario

Leo Yerxa was born on the Little Eagle Reserve in northwestern Ontario of Ojibway parents. An award-winning writer, illustrator and artist, he studied graphic arts at Algonquin College in Ottawa and fine arts at the University of Waterloo. His book Last Leaf, First Snowflake to Fall (1994) won the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award. He is also the author of the offbeat parable, A Fish Tale. Ancient Thunder, which celebrates wild horses and the natural world of the prairies, was several years in the making. Leo Yerxa lives in Ottawa.

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