Born January 13, 1947 in Kingston, Ontario, Brissenden is a freelance writer and editor and teacher. She formed the Living Traditions Writer's Group, with Larry Loyie, to encourage First Nations people to write about their traditions and experiences. She is the author of numerous history and travel books and has co-authored As Long as the Rivers Flow (Groundwood Books, 2002) with Larry Loyie, illustrated by First Nations artist Heather Holmlund. Their collaboration earned the $10,000 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction. It recounts Loyie's family life and adventures as a Cree in Slave Lake, Alberta before he was deported to a residential school. See Larry Loyie entry. Brissenden also contributed the text for "The Greater Vancouver Hall of Fame"; for The Greater Vancouver Book (Linkman Press, 1997) edited by Chuck Davis. In 2007 she moved to High Prairie, Alberta, with Larry Loyie to build a log house.

BOOKS:

Info To Go For Women on the Go (YWCA, 1992)
Triple O, The White Spot Story (Vancouver: Opus Productions, 1993)
Whistler and the Sea to Sky Country (Altitude Super Guides, 1995)
Over Vancouver (Whitecap Books, 1999). With photos by Russ Heinl.
As Long as the Rivers Flow (Groundwood, 2002). With Larry Loyie.
The Gathering Tree (Theytus, 2005). With Larry Loyie.
Portrait of Vancouver (Heritage House, 2008)
The Moon Speaks Cree: A Winter Adventure (Theytus 2014) with Larry Loyie. $14.95 978-1-926886-18-3

[BCBW 2008]