Arleen Paré is a poet and novelist, author of two previous books. Originally from Montreal, she lived for many years in Vancouver, where she worked as a social worker and administrator to provide community housing for people with mental illnesses. She now lives in Victoria with her partner, Chris Fox.
I came to explore the wreck.
The words are purposes.
The words are maps.
I came to see the damage that was done
and the treasures that prevail.
—Adrienne Rich, “Diving into the Wreck”
I think you can hardly be a poet and a feminist (at least of my generation) without holding ... Read more
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The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa was the inspirational site where author Arleen Paré first began thinking about Florence Wyle and Frances Loring, the two women who later became the centre of The Girls with Stone Faces (Brick Books).
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It’s been said of singer-songwriter J.F. Robitaille to “imagine docile singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, except with a book of Leonard Cohen poems in his hands, not a surfboard.” We couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to revitalize our Liner Notes column, with J.F.’s ... Read more
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