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The Authors


Catherine Graham is the author of five acclaimed poetry collections: The Watch (Abbey Press), Pupa (Insomniac Press), The Red Element (Insomniac Press), Winterkill (Insomniac Press, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak & Wynn) - a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award, Award and the CAA Poetry Awad Winner of the International Festival of Author’s Poetry NOW competition, and nominated for two ReLit Awards, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. Her work is anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V, The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets, A Poet’s Quest for God and has appeared in Gutter Magazine, Poetry Daily, The Glasgow Review of Books, Poetry Ireland Review, The Ulster Tatler, The Fiddlehead, Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, CV2, CBC Books, Joyland and elsewhere. She has read her work at numerous venues including Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, Canada House (London), University of Westminster (London), Bowery Poetry Club (New York City) and the 4th International Congress of Language and Literature (Linares, Mexico). Her debut novel Quarry (Two Wolves Press) was published in May 2017 and was a gold medal winner of the Ippy awards. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest (Wolsak & Wynn), was published in Fall 2017.  She holds an M. A. in creative writing in poetry from Lancaster University (UK).

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Aileen Santos was born in the Philippines in 1979. She immigrated to Canada with her parents and siblings when she was two. They landed in a suburb just outside of Toronto called Mississauga, where much of this novel takes place. She has published poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction in various literary journals and zines in Canada, the US and the UK. She currently lives in Acton, Ontario with her two children, two cats and partner of the last 21 years. She teaches Theology to high school students in the Greater Toronto Area.


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