Dr. Bev Brenna will negotiate topics for keynote speeches within her range of scholarly and professional interests including literacy, children’s literature, and special education.
Bev is a published author of over a dozen fiction books for children and young adults, in addition to holding numerous credits for adult short stories and poetry. Literary awards/honours for her work include the Printz Honor Award (American Library Association) and a Dolly Gray Award (Council for Exceptional Children: Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities). In 2013, her young adult novel The White Bicycle was shortlisted for a Governor General's Award. Her writing often illuminates characters whose voices have previously been unheard, and her understanding of exceptionality translates into new first-person voices within a social justice framework.
She is a Professor Emerita from the University of Saskatchewan where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in children's literature and English Language Arts. Prior to working at the university, Bev worked as an elementary classroom teacher, a special education teacher, and a consultant for exceptional learning needs.