“Listen. If I have known beauty
 Let's say I came to it

– Phyllis Webb

Shawna Lemay


About shawna lemay

Shawna Lemay is the author of The Flower Can Always Be Changing (shortlisted for the 2019 Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction) and the novel, Rumi and the Red Handbag which made Harper’s Bazaar’s #THELIST (must-reads for Fall 2015), the “Most Anticipated” list on the popular Canadian book website, 49th Shelf, and was selected for Maria Shriver's fall reading club. Nathalie Atkinson chose Rumi and the Red Handbag for Fall's Must-Read Fashion Books in the Globe and Mail.

She has also written multiple books of poetry, a book of essays, and an experimental novel titled, Hive, which is about the possibility of the existence of a woman art forger. All the God-Sized Fruit, her first book, won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Calm Things: Essays was shortlisted for the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Alberta. She writes a blog titled, Transactions with Beauty

Shawna lives in Edmonton with her husband, Robert Lemay, a visual artist and works at the Edmonton Public Library part-time. 

She is currently writing a novel about angels and a book of essays about still life and art.


Shawna Lemay holding wings