On the 120th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's birth and the 80th anniversary of her disappearance, award-winning poet, Heidi Greco revitalizes what we know about the iconic aviator through uplifting and historically mesmerizing verse. If most people were asked what they know about Amelia Earhart, they'd probably respond with something like "Wasn't she that pilot who went missing when she tried to fly around the world?"
Although that much is true, Earhart was so much more. She was a feminist at a time when women were just beginning to make inroads towards equality. She was a best-selling author who made appearances and speeches that inspired many. In addition, she was a pacifist, a poet, a punster — the list could go on. She was ahead of her time in so many ways, right down to the no-nonsense clothes she wore (many of them fashioned after her own designs).
To this day, her disappearance is enshrouded in mystery, with many questions remaining. Was she on a secret mission, spying for her country? Was she captured by the Japanese and held in a prison camp? Or did she and her navigator simply crash and die? The poems in this collection, presented as if written by Earhart herself, consider some of the many theories that attempt to explain her disappearance. Through logbook entries, recollections and letters, the work explores some of the various flightpaths she may have taken.
Heidi Greco is a longtime resident of Surrey, BC. In addition to writing and editing, she often leads workshops — on topics that range from ekphrastic poetry to chapbook making. She's been an advocate for the literary arts in her community and was instrumental in establishing two distinct reading series, but she considers her greatest success to have been convincing her city to hire an official Poet Laureate. She writes in many genres — with poems, fiction, essays and book reviews to her credit. Her books include a novella, SHRINKING VIOLETS which was co-winner of the Ken Klonsky Award in 2011. Her work has also appeared in many anthologies, most recently in MAKE IT TRUE: POETRY FROM CASCADIA (Leaf Press, 2015) and THE REVOLVING CITY 51 POEMS AND THE STORIES BEHIND THEM (Anvil, 2015). In addition to making Sunday suppers for her adult sons, she keeps a sporadic blog at outonthebiglimb.blogspot.ca.