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Colleen Rutherford Archer (1949-) Biography

Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

Born 1949, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Education: University of Manitoba, B.A. (English), 1970.


Agent—c/o Author Mail, Penumbra Press, P.O. Box 940, Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A8, Canada.


Freelance writer. Volunteer at senior citizens' home; ran volunteer horse-riding program.


Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers.

Honors Awards

Vicky Metcalf Short-Story Award, 1984; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Ottawa) regional children's short-story award; Ottawa Literary Award, 2005.


Foxy and the Missing Mask, Penumbra Press (Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada), 1986.

Riding High, illustrated by Judi Pennanen, Penumbra Press (Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada), 1986.

(With others) If I Had a Camel, illustrated by Jo Ellen Brydon, Mayapple Press (Woodview, Ontario, Canada), 1988.

(Editor) Stocking Stuffer Stories, illustrated by Val Mackintosh, Valley Talespinners (Deep River, Ontario, Canada), 1990.

The Horse Dealer, Borealis (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), 2000.

Brandy's Story, BVA Press (Deep River, Ontario, Canada), 2001.

The Touch of Something Wild, illustrated by Judi Pennanen, Penumbra Press (Manotick, Ontario, Canada), 2003.

Collie Rescue, illustrated by Maria Gomez Umaõna, Penumbra Press (Manotick, Ontario, Canada), 2004.

Galloping Goldrush: The Journey Begins, K & B Products, 2005.

Accentuating the Positive: Trick Training Your Horse at Home (e-book), K & B Products 2005.

Contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines, and anthologies.

Work in Progress

The "Galloping Goldrush" series of young-adult novels; a book on equine trick training.


Colleen Rutherford Archer told SATA: "I try to write positive, informative young adult novels—the kind of books about animals that I would have enjoyed reading when I was young. I feel there are more than enough negative books."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Borealis Press Web site, http://www.borealispress.com/ (August 10, 2005).

Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers Web site, http://www.canscaip.org/ (August 10, 2005), "Colleen R. Archer."

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