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Featured reader Sarah Ens is a writer and editor based in Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). Her debut collection of poetry, The World Is Mostly Sky was shortlisted for the 2021 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the 2022 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her second book, Flyway (Turnstone Press), was launched in the spring of 2022.
Flyway is a meditation on the impact of human and ecological trauma which explores the cost of survival for three generations of women living between empires. Writing from within the disappearing tallgrass prairie, Sarah Ens follows connections between the Russian Mennonite diaspora and the disrupted migratory patterns of grassland birds. Drawing on family history, eco-poetics, and the rich tradition of the Canadian long poem, Flyway migrates along pathways of geography and the heart to grapple with complexities of home.
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Poetic Opener: H.W. Bryce
H. W. Bryce is a former journalist, book editor, teacher, courier, kidnap victim. His poetry appears in anthologies in Canada, US, and India. He served as a judge for the Rabindranath Tagore Award International 2017. He is author of “Chasing a Butterfly. Writing the poems saved him from depression.

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