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Caitlin Press
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5.55 X 8.06 X 0.34 inches | 0.33 pounds

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About the Author
Sarah de Leeuw is the author of five literary books and co-editor of two academic texts. She is the winner of the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Award for poetry and a two-time recipient of a CBC Literary Award for creative non-fiction, and in 2014 won a Western Magazine Gold Award for the best article published that year in British Columbia. With a Ph.D. in geography, de Leeuw works in a faculty of medicine where she teaches and undertakes research on medical humanities and health inequalities. Her creative and academic work has been widely anthologized and appears in journals from CV2 and PRISM INTERNATIONAl to the CANADIAN GEOGRAPHER and EMOTION, SPACE AND SOCIETY. Having grown up and spent most of her life in Northern BC, including Haida Gwaii and Terrace, she now divides her time between Prince George and Kelowna.

"This is an unusual assortment of discourses which are brilliantly arranged, a collaboration of texts culled from archived newspapers, highway signs, First Nations media; tourism websites, testimonials from locals, chronicles, stories, scientific reports. This much is clear. We are hearing a unique voice and experiencing exceptional visions." -- Anne Burke, Stanza

"This is poetry on which to rebuild a nation." -- Richard Pickard, Book Addiction

"These poems are both songs of joy for the beauty of a river, and prayers for its well being and the well being of all those who dwell within its drainage. The Skeena, the 'river of mists, ' has its muse in Sarah de Leeuw. This collection is her gift to all of us who know and love a river known to the Tsimshian people as 'Xsan, the 'waters that flow from the clouds.'" -- Wade Davis

"In Skeena, the long poem surges into history, cracks open geology, pushes time itself, maps the length of a river's habitat into language. Tender and delicate, this poem also pulses with energy visceral enough to perform an extraordinary feat: river as persona flows diaphanous, syllables investigating a complicated and contested space. Ethereal yet concrete enough to hold place names, landscape descriptions, paeans to moon, wolf, and salmon, conversations with that most destructive life-form, human-kind. This is a North Country epic: join the journey de Leeuw creates: a book-length water-saga, uncontainable, a force calling: come, let me take you--" -- Renée Saklikar

"Sarah de Leeuw's influences in Skeena are deftly written in and ridden out. Downstream of modernist scrounging and listing, Purdy's 'Say the Names' and the New American form as geography of her spacious phrasing, the confluences are ultimately hers with the river's--a strong swimmer's progress into its fecundity, chill, detritus, splendour." -- John Pass, winner of the Governor General's Award for Poetry (2006) and The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (2012)

"Skeena is a poem/assemblage of intelligence and care that contains an epic sweep of northern history, geography, and the landscape of human experience therein. It is a large determined document in and of place 'that finds out.' The prehistoric, the fauna, the flora, all that inhabits it-and the forces that threaten this complex-is what this writing reveals. Herein the Skeena, the river-words that move to give a new and important sense of our bearings." -- Barry McKinnon

"De Leeuw documents the river across its history, working with Indigenous knowledges of the place and with texts from the colonial encounter, white settlement, and up to the present, including, for instance, recent scientific studies of the river. Across all of this material, we see the river in its unruly nature, washing away roads and pipelines laid along the shoreline as it pushes against the voices of settlers that would contain or constrain it." -- Kit Dobson, Canadian Literature