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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions (Jan. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864923139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864923134
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.7 cm
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About the Author

Ross Leckie is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick and the editor of The Fiddlehead. His most recent poetry collection is The Authority of Roses.

Anne Compton teaches at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. She is the editor of The Edge of Home, Milton Acorn's poems about Prince Edward Island and the author of a poetry collection entitled Opening the Island.

Laurence Hutchman teaches Canadian literature at the Université de Moncton, Edmundston. His most recent book is Beyond Borders.

Robin McGrath lives in Beachy Cove, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, and is the author of the poetry collection, Donovan's Station.

Tammy Armstrong (1974), who grew up in St. Stephen, NB, has lived for eight years in Vancouver, where she earned an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Armstrong won the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick's Alfred G. Bailey Prize 2000. An excerpt from her first novel, Translations: Aistreann (2002), won the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick's David Adams Richards Prize in 1999.

Alfred G. Bailey (1905-1997) was born in Quebec City. He served as the first head of the University of New Brunswick History Department from 1938 to 1969. His literary interests led to the founding of the Bliss Carman Society in 1940 and to his co-founding of The Fiddlehead, Canada's oldest literary magazine, in 1945. From 1965 to 1969, he served as the university's Vice-President Academic. He published several scholarly historical and anthropological works, including The Conflict of European and Eastern Algonkian Cultures (1937; 1969). Bailey was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1951 and an officer of the Order of Canada in 1978.

Elizabeth Brewster (1922) was born in Chipman, NB. She has a PhD from the University of Indiana. Since 1972 she has been a member of the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan and is now Professor Emieritus. She was awarded the Saskatchewan Arts Board Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts (1995). Brewster was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1996 for Footnotes to the Book of Job (1995).

Of both French and English ancestry, Fred Cogswell (1917) grew up on a farm in Carleton County, NB. He is widely known as a former editor of The Fiddlehead and publisher of Fiddlehead Poetry Books. He edited the two-volume The Atlantic Anthology (1985) and, with Jo-Anne Elder, translated and edited Unfinished Dreams: Contemporary Poetry of Acadie (1990). He is the editor and translator of The Poetry of Modern Quebec (1976). In 1995 he received the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in Literary Arts.

Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and a graduate of Mount Allison University, Cooper is a full-time poet, was the editor of the poetry magazine Germination, and ran the poetry publishing house Owl's Head Press.

Lynn Davies grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick, and spent sixteen years in Nova Scotia before returning to her home province. Her first collection of poetry, The Bridge That Carries the Road (1999), was nominated for the Governor General's Award. She also writes children's stories. She lives in McLeod Hill, New Brunswick, near Fredericton.

Born in 1930 at Saint John, Robert Gibbs was educated at the University of New Brunswick and at Cambridge University. An English professor at UNB, he also edited The Fiddlehead and has written extensively.

Elisabeth Harvor, a poet, short story writer, and novelist, grew up in New Brunswick's Kennebecasis Valley. One of her three short story collections, Let Me Be the One (1996), was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. She won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for her first book of poetry, Fortress of Chairs (1992). In 2000, she published her first novel, Excessive Joy Injures the Heart.

M. Travis Lane (1934), a poet, reviewer, and critic, received her PhD from Cornell University. She has been a Graduate Research Associate for the Department of English at the University of New Brunswick since 1972. Divinations and Shorter Poems 1973-1978 was awarded the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Keeping Afloat (2001) won the 2002 Atlantic Poetry Prize.

In the spring of 2001, Douglas Lochhead received the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English-language Literary Arts from the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Member of the Order of Canada, the recipient of honorary doctorates from several universities, Professor Emeritus at Mount Allison University, Senior Fellow and Founding Librarian at Massey College, University of Toronto, and a life member of the League of Canadian Poets. After beginning his career as an advertising copywriter, he became a librarian, a professor of English, a specialist in typography and fine hand printing, and a bibliographer, scholar, and editor -- indeed, he has characterized himself as "an unrepentant generalist." At Mount Allison University, he was a founder and the director of the Centre for Canadian Studies, and he held the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Chair in Canadian Studies.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Robert Moore (1950) quit school at seventeen, though he later returned to complete a PhD at McMaster University. After teaching English and Drama at universities in Ontario and Alberta, he joined the faculty of the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. Moore is the author of a dozen plays, performed in various locations across the country.

Alden Nowlan was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1933. Though he was largely self-taught, he was a prolific writer who published poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. He received a Governor General's Award in 1967 for Bread, Wine and Salt (1967), and in the same year won a Guggenheim Fellowship. He became the writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick in 1969, a position he held until his death in 1983.

Born in Ontario, raised in Newfoundland, Sue Sinclair (1972) lived for eight years in New Brunswick, where she studied at Mount Allison University and the University of New Brunswick. Sinclair was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards (1999) and the Chapters/Robertson Davies Award (1999). She is working on two poetry manuscripts, Winter's Phantom Limbs and Invisible in Daylight.

Kay Smith (1911) was born in Saint John, NB. A graduate in Drama from Columbia University, she taught English at Saint John Vocational High School. For three decades, she played a key role in the development of drama in Saint John. Associated with the Montreal poets of the 1950s, Smith's first collection, Footnote to the Lord's Prayer (1951), was published by First Statement Press and her selected poems, The Bright Particulars, was published by Ragweed in 1987.

Born in Manchester, England, John Thompson (1938-1976) moved to the United States in 1960. For his PhD thesis, Thompson translated the poetry of the French surrealist René Char. He moved to New Brunswick in 1966 to teach English at Mount Allison University. Stilt Jack (1978) consists of thirty-eight ghazals and Thompson's working of the form has been a major influence on Canadian poetry. In 1991 Anansi Press published I Dream Myself Into Being: Collected Poems, and in 1995 Peter Sanger edited John Thompson: Collected Poems & Translations.

Michael Thorpe (1932) grew up in England and came to Canada in 1970 after teaching abroad for several years in Turkey, Nigeria, Singapore, and Holland. Thorpe taught at Mount Allison University where, until his retirement, he was Joseph Allison Professor of English. His critical work includes Siegfried Sassoon: A Critical Study, The Poetry of Edmund Blunden, and Doris Lessing's Africa.

Born in Saint John, NB, R.M. Vaughan (1965) now resides in Toronto. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. He is the author of a dozen plays, and he was the 1994-95 playwright-in-residence at Buddies in Bad Times. His first novel, A Quilted Heart, was published in 1998 by Insomniac.

Liliane Welch was born in Luxembourg. She studied in Europe and the United States and taught French literature at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. She has published a number of poetry books.

Alan R. Wilson was raised in Woodstock, NB, and now lives in British Columbia, where he is an analyst and statistician at the University of Victoria. Before the Flood, the first novel in a projected quartet, won the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. A selection from his new manuscript of poems, The Sonneteer's Sky Atlas, a collection of eighty-eight sonnets, was a prize winner in the CBC Literary Competition.

A professor of literature and creative writing at St. Mary's University, Brian Bartlett (1953) won the 2000 Petra Kenney Poetry Competition. In 1997 he won The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize for the second time. He was born and raised in New Brunswick, and as an undergraduate at the University of New Brunswick, he was part of the circle of writers who gathered at "Windsor Castle," Alden Nowlan's home. Bartlett is the editor of the forthcoming Don MacKay: Essays on His Work (2003).

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father died shortly after her birth, and she spent her early childhood in Great Village, NS, with her mother's extended family. After her mother's permanent hospitalization, she was taken back to the United States by her paternal grandparents. Throughout her life she made return trips to Nova Scotia and wrote extensively about the Maritimes in both her poetry and prose. Bishop's books won various prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics' Circle Award. Bishop was the consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress for 1949-50.

Charles Bruce (1906-1971) was born in Port Shoreham, NS. After graduation from Mount Allison University in 1927, he joined the Canadian Press in Halifax, and was a member of the Song Fisherman, a group of regional poets that included Bliss Carman, Kenneth Leslie, and Charles G.D. Roberts. He worked as a war correspondent and in 1945 was appointed general superintendent of the Canadian Press in Toronto. Bruce won the 1951 Governor General's Award for Poetry for The Mulgrave Road.

Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, at the beginning of the 1960s, George Elliott Clarke is a seventh-generation Africadian. He has published more than a dozen volumes of poetry and prose, including Whylah Falls and Execution Poems, an acclaimed novel George & Rue, and the celebrated opera, Beatrice Chancy. His many awards include the Governor General's Award for poetry and the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.

Geoffrey Cook (1963), born in Wolfville, NS, lives in Montreal and teaches English at John Abbott College. He has published poems in numerous Canadian journals and is poetry editor for the on-line journal The Danforth Review.

Don Domanski (1950) was born on Cape Breton Island, NS. He has published seven books of poetry. Two of his recent books were shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, Wolf Ladder (1991) and Stations of the Left Hand (1994). In 1999 he won the Canadian Literary Award for Poetry. Domanski currently lives and writes in Halifax, NS.

Originally from Quebec, Sue Goyette (1964) lives in Cole Harbour, NS. Her first collection of poetry, The True Names of Birds (1999), was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her debut novel is titled Lures (2002). She is at work on a new collection of poetry entitled Undone.

Rita Joe (1931), a member of the Mi'kmaq First Nation, was born in Whycocomagh, Cape Breton Island, NS. She has won several awards, including the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Prize and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. An officer of the Order of Canada, she has published four books of poetry and an autobiography, Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi'kmaq Poet (1996).

Originally from New York City, writer and designer Carole Langille now lives in Lunenburg, NS. She has published two children's books and two collections of poetry. IN Cannon Cave (1997) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Where the Wind Sleeps, her second children's book, was a Canadian Children's Book Centre Choice for 1996.

Jeanette Lynes (1956) teaches English at St. Francis Xavier University. She is book review editor of The Antigonish Review and in 1999 she edited Words Out There: Women Poets in Atlantic Canada, an anthology of poems and interviews. She won the 2001 Bliss Carman Poetry Award.

Poet laureate of Halifax, Sue MacLeod (1955) grew up in Ontario, the daughter of Cape Breton parents. Her first collection of poems, The Language of Rain (1995), was shortlisted for the Milton Acorn People's Poet Award. In 2000 she won Arc magazine's Poem of the Year Contest. She has two new manuscripts, Mercy Bay and Five Readings of All This Snow.

matt robinson (1974), a native of Halifax, NS, now lives in Fredericton, NB. Winner of the 1999 Petra Kenney Poetry Competition and the 2001 Alfred G. Bailey Prize, he is a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick. His first collection of poetry, A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking (2000), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the ReLit Award for Poetry. He is on the editorial board of The Fiddlehead.

Peter Sanger is a poet, essayist, literary critic, and editor. He has published ten collections of poetry, most recently Fireship: Early Poems (1964-1991). His books of prose include Sea Run: Notes on John Thompson's Stilt Jack; White Salt Mountain: Words in Time, which contains a lengthy essay on Thompson and his work; and, as editor and contributor, Working in the Dark: Homage to John Thompson. In the early 1990s, Thompson’s literary executor, the late Shirley Mann Gibson, lent Sanger the Thompson archival material then in her possession. She also shared with him her memories of Thompson and what she knew of his life.

Anne Simpson (1956) lives in Antigonish, NS, where she teaches at the Writing Centre at St. Francis Xavier University. Her first collection of poetry, Light Falls Through You (2000), won the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Simpson's debut novel, Canterbury Beach, was a finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies Award in 1999.

Douglas Burnet Smith (1949) has served as President of the League of Canadian Poets and of the Public Lending Right Commission of Canada. He teaches at St. Francis Xavier University. Smith was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1993 for Voices from a Farther Room (1992) and for the Atlantic Poetry Prize for his most recent collection, The Killed (2000).

Andrew Steeves (1970) was raised in Westmoreland County, NB, and he now lives in Wolfville, NS, where he completed an MA in English at Acadia University. Steeves is the co-publisher and editor for Gaspereau Press, and he was the editor of the Gaspereau Review through its complete run from 1997 to 2001.

Fraser Sutherland (1946), born in Pictou County, NS, now works as a writer and lexicographer in Toronto. He founded the literary journal Northern Journey in Montreal (1971-1976). He has published eleven books, seven of which are collections of poetry.

Harry Thurston is an award-winning freelance writer and poet who lives in Southampton, Nova Scotia.

Eric Trethewey (1943) was born in Hants County, NS, and now lives in Roanoke, Virginia, where he teaches English at Hollins University. Evening Knowledge (1991) won second prize in the Virginia Prize for Poetry. Trethewey writes fiction and drama, and his screenplay The Home Waltz won the Virginia Governor's Screenwriting Competition in 1988.

An International Christmas brings together seven stories and eight poems by well-known authors from Canada, the United States, Britain, and Germany. Included is Christmas fiction by Margaret Laurence, Roy MacGregor, Tim Wynne-Jones, Maureen Hull, Annie Dillard, Grace Paley, and Heinrich Böll. It also features poetry by such celebrated Canadian poets as P.K. Page, Milton Acorn, and John Terpstra, as well as Britain's John Julius Norwich and Wendy Cope.

David Helwig (b. 1938) grew up in Ontario and lives in Belfast, Prince Edward Island. He founded the Best Canadian Stories series, and he is the author of sixteen books of fiction and numerous works of non-fiction, including poetry, memoir, documentary and translation. His most recent fiction is Close to the Fire (Goose Lane, 1999), a novella, and the novel, The Time of Her Life (Goose Lane, 2000). "Missing Notes" appeared in ArtsAtlantic (61) and was selected for 98: Best Canadian Stories.

Richard Lemm (1946) grew up in Seattle, Washington, came to Canada in 1967, and moved to Prince Edward Island in 1983. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Prince Edward Island. From 1977 to 1987, he was a faculty member at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and he is a past president of the League of Canadian Poets. Prelude to the Bacchanal (1990) won the Canadian Authors' Association Award for poetry. Lemm was literary editor at Ragweed Press for three years, and he is the author of the biography Milton Acorn: In Love and Anger (1999).

Hugh MacDonald (1945), who lives in Montague, PEI, is a children's writer and co-editor of Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land (2001). Chung Lee Loves Lobsters won the L.M. Montgomery Children's Literature Award in 1990. He won the Atlantic Poetry Prize for Looking for Mother (1995).

John MacKenzie (1966) was born on Prince Edward Island. Having left school in grade seven, he worked in sawmills, bakeries, and kitchens and on farms and construction crews. He lives in Charlottetown and is a co-founder of blue SHIFT: A Journal of Poetry. His first collection, Sledgehammer and Other Poems (2000), was shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.

Brent MacLaine teaches modern literature at the University of Prince Edward Island. His poetry collections include Shades of Green, These Fields Were Rivers, and Wind and Root. MacLaine has won the PEI Milton Acorn Award for Poetry and the Atlantic Poetry Prize.

Prince Edward Islander Thomas O'Grady (1956) is Director of Irish Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He was educated at the University of Prince Edward Island, University College Dublin, and the University of Notre Dame.

Born in Bridgewater, NS, and raised in Sydney, Cape Breton, Joseph Sherman (1945) received his MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. He taught English at Centre Universitaire Saint-Louis-Maillet, Edmundston, NB, from 1970 to 1979, following which he was the editor of ArtsAtlantic in Charlottetown, PEI.

John Smith (1927) taught high school English in Toronto, and earned an MA in English at the University of Toronto. In 1967, he moved to Prince Edward Island, where he was a professor of English at the University of Prince Edward Island until his retirement in 1992. Smith's new manuscript is a collection of sonnets called Fireflies in the Magnolia Grove.

Michael Crummey was born in Buchans, Newfoundland. His debut novel, River Thieves (2001), was nominated for the Giller Prize and won the Winterset Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Atlantic Booksellers' Choice Award. He also won acclaim for Flesh and Blood (1998), a book of short fiction. His most recent collection of poetry is Salvage (2002). He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Mary Dalton (1950) was born in Lake View, Conception Bay, NL. She was editor of TickleAce from 1980 to 1986. The author of two books of poetry, Dalton won the inaugural TickleAce Cabot Award for Poetry in 1998. She teaches in the Department of English at Memorial University.

Born in Long Pond, Conception Bay, NL, Tom Dawe (1940) is the author of sixteen books. After teaching at rural high schools, Dawe was appointed to the Department of English at Memorial University. He was a founding editor of Breakwater Books, the literary journal TickleAce, and the folklore journal The Livyere. A frequent winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, Dawe was given a gold medal for visual arts in 1973.

Richard Greene (1961) was born in St. John's, NL. In 1991 he received a PhD from the University of Oxford. He taught for some time at Memorial University and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Erindale College, University of Toronto.

Randall Maggs (1944) was born in Vancouver, BC, and during his time in the Air Force lived in various regions of Canada. In 1977 he settled in Newfoundland, where he teaches at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

Carmelita McGrath (1960) was born in Branch, St. Mary's Bay, NL, and now makes her home in St. John's. In 1998 she received the Atlantic Poetry Prize for To the New World. Her collection of short stories, Stranger Things Have Happened, won the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Bennington Gate Award.

Al Pittman (1940-2001), born in St. Leonard's, Placentia Bay, NL, was the author of numerous plays, stories, essays, and scripts for television and radio. He taught at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook. He was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Hall of Honour. His last collection, Thirty for Sixty (1999), won the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry.

Gordon Rodgers (1952) was born in Gander, NL. He completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. He is currently a Registered Psychologist, practising on a part-time basis. His novel, A Settlement of Memory (1999), was shortlisted for the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Bennington Gate Award.


"Page after page of . . . splendid poetry." —

Quill & Quire


"Wonderful . . . an enormously valuable resource for readers and teachers of Canadian poetry . . . A balanced roster of established and emerging poetic voices that reflects both the diversity and the intensity of the region's poetry . . . Instructive and exciting . . . Coastlines is a book that will foster much pleasure and a deeper understanding of Canadian poetry for many years to come." — University of Toronto Quarterly (2012-10-26)

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