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Susan McCaslin

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

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.

An Uninterview with Lisa Mcgonigle

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

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

Mike McPhee

Mark Gallup's photographs drew Mike to the Rocky Mountains from his prairie home. After moving to the mountains for a "season" in the mid '90s, Mike is fully addicted to the peaks, valleys and rivers. He eventually made his way to Island Lake Lodge and now lives with his wife and two boys in Fernie, BC.

George McWhirter

Born in 1939 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, George McWhirter grew up on the Shankill Road. He attended Queen’s University in Belfast, where his classmates included Seamus Heaney, and later completed a Masters degree at the University of British Columbia. McWhirter lived in Spain from 1965 to 1966, when he moved to Canada where he taught high school in Port Alberni, making an abrupt transition from Barcelona to living in a log cabin by Sproat Lake. He is the author of twenty books, many of which have won major awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the MacMillan Prize for Poetry, the Canadian Chapbook Poetry Competition Winner, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the FR Scott Prize for Trans- lation. In 2005, George McWhirter retired as a professor in the Creative Writing Department at UBC. In 2007 he was inaugurated as the first Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver.