Rhona McAdam was born in Duncan—a great-granddaughter of the town's namesake—and grew up on Vancouver Island. She lives in Victoria, BC. She has post-graduate degrees in communications planning, adult education and library and information science, and has worked in Canada, England and throughout Europe. Her poetry has been published in Canada, the US, Ireland and England and has been praised for her unique and engaging voice, her clarity, and her ability to balance the ethereal with the real. She has a gift for creating vivid landscapes, both actual and emotional.
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Helen moved from the warmer climes of Ontario to Fernie, BC , in 2002. She thrives in the mountain air with her loved ones, Dave and Ella. The challenges of food production are greatly off-set by the incredible rewards of pushing the gardening boundaries and feasting on the harvested goods. Outside of her professional work as a paediatric physiotherapist, she enjoys many outdoor pursuits and dabbling in artistic endeavours.
Susan McCaslin is the author of nine volumes of poetry, including At the Mercy Seat, Flying Wounded, The Altering Eye and Common Longing, and the editor of the anthologies A Matter of Spirit: Recovery of the Sacred in Contemporary Canadian Poetry and Poetry and Spiritual Practice: Selections from Contemporary Canadian Poets. She lives in Langley, B.C. with her husband and daughter.
Lisa McGonigle grew up in North County Dublin, Ireland. She attended Trinity College Dublin and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland before coming to British Columbia in 2005. Having spent several years skiing, snowboarding and hiking in the Kootenays, she is currently studying for a PhD in Irish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
By Teri Vlassopoulos
A few weeks ago a copy of Lisa McGonigle’s Snowdrift came in the mail. It’s her memoir of trading a full scholarship to Oxford for the ski bum life in the Kootenays in British Columbia. While I was reading her descriptions of skiing and snowboarding, I got it. Even her descriptions of the injuries sustained on the hill sound purposeful or at least hilarious.
Leanne McIntosh was born in Regina Saskatchewan. Her first book of poems, The Sound the Sun Makes, was published by Oolichan Books in 2003. Liminal Space is her second full length collection of poems. Leanne’s work has appeared in literary journals and chapbooks. She is a founding member of The Island Women’s Poets. She has lived in Nanaimo, BC for thirty-five years and now spends several months of the year in Montreal.
"Reading her poems, I am changed. You too will be touched if you dare to read with your heart unbuttoned."
~Jock McKeen, Co-Founder, Haven Institute