Arleen Paré's first book, Paper Trail, won the Victoria Butler Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize in Poetry. Arleen completed an MFA in poetry at the University of Victoria and her poetry and prose have appeared in a number of Canadian literary journals. Before beginning a career in writing, she worked for two decades as a social worker in mental health housing in Vancouver. She now lives in Vancouver with her partner, and has two sons and two grandsons.
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).
It’s peak book award season, and between the Giller Prize, Governor General’s Awards, Writers’ Trust Awards, we thought it was high time to hand out some awards of our own: books from this year we think may have been looked over by the juries (no blame to juries: they ... Read more
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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