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Short Bio

Dorothy grew-up in Southern Ontario where she discovered a love of nature, books, and scribbling words. Transplanted to Alberta, she is a previous freelance writer of articles, cartoons, and columns and has recently shifted to writing solely poetry and fiction. Her writings regularly appear in literary journals and her picture book, Summer North Coming was released in 2019 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Her YA novel, Escape from the Wildfire, was released by Lorimer Kids & Teens in fall 2022 (Canada), and Winter 2023 in the United States. She loves trees, travel, pets, and sharing peanut M&Ms.

Alternative Short Bio:

Dorothy Bentley was born in Southern Ontario and has made Alberta her home for many years. She has taught creative writing, written a newspaper column. A nature enthusiast, she enjoys outdoor activities and is an advocate of tree planting. Surviving the trauma of a devastating wildfire herself inspired her to research and write about the topic in her new YA novel, Escape from the Wildfire. She is also the author of a picture book for young readers, Summer North Coming, released in 2019. She lives in the country with a Sheltie named Clay and a cat named Whitney Mewston (who don’t get along), and she doesn’t mind sharing her peanut M&Ms.

Medium Bio

Dorothy Bentley was born in Southern Ontario and has made Alberta her home for many years. She has taught creative writing, written a newspaper column, and now writes poetry and novels.

A nature enthusiast, she enjoys outdoor activities and is an advocate of tree planting. Surviving the trauma of a devastating wildfire herself inspired her to research and write about the topic in her YA novel, Escape from the Wildfire, published by James Lorimer & Co. Ltd. She is also the author of a picture book for young readers, Summer North Coming, released in 2019. She lives near Okotoks, Alberta.

Professional Memberships

Writers’ Guild of Alberta – Board of Directors, Member-at-Large

Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society (Calgary)

CANSCAIP – Canadian Society of Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Arts Council Wood Buffalo

Okotoks Arts Council

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