Anne Szumigalski (1922-1999) was born in London, England and immigrated to Saskatchewan in 1951. She was the author of sixteen books including Woman Reading in Bath (1974), Doctrine of Signatures (1983), Voice (1995), and On Glassy Wings (1997). She also collaborated with Terrence Heath, Elyse St. George and many other writers and artists. Her work appeared in countless journals, both in Canada and abroad, and many anthologies. Over the years, Anne won numerous prizes including a Governor-General's Award, two Writers' Choice Awards and two National Magazine Awards. A founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and a founding editor of Grain, she received a lifetime award for excellence from the Saskatchewan Arts Board as well as life memberships in ACTRA and the League of Canadian Poets.
Mark Abley is the author of three poetry collections and four non-fiction books, including The Prodigal Tongue: Despatches from the Future of English. The winner of Canada's National Newspaper Award for critical writing, he has been a contributing editor of both Maclean's and Saturday Night magazines, and a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. He lives and works in Montreal.