Mark Leiren-Young



Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Nonfiction, autobiographical, screen, stage.


Mark Leiren-Young (BFA, 1985) is the author the comic memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen—A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo (Heritage), which won the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, has been made into a stage play and is currently being adapted for film—as is his most recent memoir, Free Magic Secrets Revealed (2013). As a journalist Mark has written for TIME, Maclean’s, The Hollywood Reporter and most of Canada’s daily newspapers. A regular contributor to The Vancouver Sun, The Tyee, The Georgia Straight and The Walrus, Mark has interviewed hundreds of celebrities ranging from William Shatner to Salman Rushdie. He has written two non-comic books of non-fiction—The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clear Cut, a collection of interviews dealing with the future of our forests (which he directed and produced as his award-winning debut feature film), and This Crazy Time, written with/about controversial environmentalist Tzeporah Berman. As a playwright Mark has written comedy, drama, plays for young audiences, musicals, revues and in 2012 he debuted his first piece as a solo performer, Greener Than Thou, an autobiographical comic monologue about the challenges of going green. His plays have been produced throughout North America and also staged in Europe and Australia, and two of them—Shylock and Articles of Faith—have been published by Anvil Press. Mark has received three Writers Guild of Canada nominations, and wrote and co-starred in the EarthVision award-winning TV special Greenpieces: The World’s First Eco-Comedy, featuring his comedy duo Local Anxiety.

Selected Publications

Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, Published by Heritage House


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