Bio

Chelsea Rooney is the author of Pedal, a debut novel published with Caitlin Press and a finalist for the 2015 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, co-presented with The Walrus. Pedal was also nominated for the 2015 ReLit Award for Best Independent Fiction.

Pedal is read and taught as part of the curriculum in the English Departments of both University of Toronto and University of New Brunswick. It was also read and taught in Simon Fraser University’s Gender Studies department.

CBC Books named Chelsea Rooney a WRITER TO WATCH in 2015. In 2014, Canada’s book blog 49th Shelf chose Pedal as a Book of the Year and Stephen Beattie of Quill & Quire chose Pedal as a Best Debut.

Chelsea hosts a monthly episode of The Storytelling Show on Vancouver Co-Op Radio. She also volunteers as a Community Educator at Vancouver’s Crisis Centre, facilitating mindfulness workshops in high schools across the Lower Mainland. Chelsea’s bowling team, the Gutter Belles, are currently in their third year as defending champions of the Ladies Classic League in Vancouver.

Chelsea has taught a fiction workshop in the English department at the University of the Fraser Valley and was their 2017 Visiting Fellow for the Kuldip Gill Writing Fellowship program. An educational writer, she pens secondary-school curriculum for the English Ministry of Education in Quebec. She teaches art history and writing to designers at Openstudio Academy of Art and Design and novel studies to high school students at Elite Educational Institute.

She spends her time in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia and Vancouver, British Columbia with her dog, Chispi.