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Les Wiseman

Areas of Research & Creative Activity:
Pop culture, magazine writing and publishing, celebrity profiles, creative non-fiction, literary journalism, memoirs, novels, Delta blues scholarship, rock ‘n’ roll scholarship, and all things noir.

Les Wiseman has chronicled the pop-culture industry for over 30 years. He wrote for Vancouver magazine for 11 years, eight of those as associate editor. He was also Western Canadian editor of TV Guide (Canada) for eight years. Wiseman left a position as senior editor at Canada Wide Media after nine years, during which he specialized in sustainable architecture, green design, as well as the hospitality and golf industries.

Wiseman has written for television and produced talk radio. He and the publications he has edited have been nominated for and won numerous magazine awards. He has also written PR and corporate profiles for dozens of major companies.

He teaches journalism and pop-music journalism at the University of Victoria and professional writing and rich-media communications at Royal Roads University. Wiseman is also a professional and creative writing course designer and consultant for Athabasca University’s Masters of Integrated Studies program.

He is associate producer/co-writer for Bloodied But Unbowed, the feature-length documentary film on the Vancouver punk rock scene that The Tyee called “the must-see of spring 2010.” Bloodied But Unbowed was honoured to be the “Special Feature Gala World Premiere” of the 2010 DOXA Documentary Film Festival on May 13, 2010, in Vancouver, Canada. A television version airs regularly on SuperChannel, Knowledge Network and TV Ontario. He also co-wrote the film’s website thepunkmovie.com

His blog, The Dark Corridor, can be found at www.wiseman-corridor.blogspot.com