Susan McCaslin is a poet and Thomas Merton scholar who has recently collaborated with J.S. Porter on a volume of creative non-fiction, Superabundantly Alive: Thomas Merton’s Dance with the Feminine (Wood Lake, Oct. 2018). She is also the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, 2017). Susan will be reading from her most recent book of mixed-genre creative nonfiction on the contemplative writer Thomas Merton in order to explore the relevance of his poetry and poetics at this time. Susan can be found wandering along the Fraser River outside Fort Langley, BC with her dog Rosie in the presence of Douglas firs, hemlocks, and cedars.
Eileen Kernaghan’s speculative poetry collection Tales from the Holograph Woods draws its themes from science fiction, myth and magic, dark fantasy and fairy tales. It brings together poems published over the last thirty-five years in magazines and anthologies ranging from PRISM international and The Antigonish Review to Weird Tales and Black Lotus. Eileen is also the author of nine historical fantasy novels. Her most recent novel, Sophie, in Shadow, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and for the Sheila Egoff Prize for Children’s Literature.