Whether we love it or hate it, escape to it or from it, women talk about the one place that both entraps and empowers them — the kitchen. In this feminist anthology of women's poetry, prose, interviews and oral transcriptions, talk from the kitchen goes public. Here women tell the whole story, reclaiming and revaluing this significant part of their lives.
With contributions from Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, PK Page, Daphne Marlatt, Gabrielle Roy, Margaret Laurence, Lee Maracle, Carol Shields, Joy Kogawa, Annharte, Kristjana Gunnars, Laurie Sarkadi, Dorothy Livesay, Emily Carr, Susan Musgrave and many many more
About the authors
Claire Harris is a Canadian poet of Trinidadian background who has produced eight collections of poems since her first volume, Fables from the Women's Quarters (1984), which won the Commonwealth Award for Poetry for the Americas Region. First released in 1992, Drawing Down a Daughter was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Poetry. Her work has been included in more than 70 anthologies and has been translated into German and Hindi. Claire Harris was born in Trinidad, West Indies, studied at University College, Dublin, where She earned a B.A. Honours in English. She came to Canada in 1966 and settled in Calgary. In 1975, during a study leave in Nigeria, she first wrote for publication and was encouraged by Nigerian poet, J.P. Clark. She also earned a Diploma in Communications from the University of Lagos, Nigeria (1975). After returning to Canada, Harris became active in the literary community in Calgary working as poetry editor at Dandelion from 1981-1989 and helping to found the all-Alberta magazine, blue buffalo, in 1983. She taught Grade Nine English in Calgary's Separate School system for 28 years, influencing generations of young people. Claire Harris is now retired and lives in Winnipeg.
Edna Alford is the author of two collections of short fiction, A Sleep Full of Dreams and The Garden Of Eloise Loon. She received the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (co-winner) in 1981 and the Marian Engel Award for fiction in 1988. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including The Oxford Collection of Canadian Short Stories, The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women, Best Canadian Stories and others. She was co-founder and co-editor of Dandelion magazine, fiction editor of Grain magazine (1985-90) and has co-edited the Banff Centre Press anthologies Meltwater, Rip Rap and Intersections. Edna continues to edit and teach fiction as well as work on her own creative writing. She was the writer-in-residence at the Francis Morrison Library in Saskatoon in 2001 and has served as the program director for the Writing with Style and associate director for prose in the Writing Studio at The Banff Centre. Don McKay is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Paradoxides. He has won two Governor General's Awards for Poetry and has been shortlisted twice for the Griffin Poetry Prize, most recently for Camber: Selected Poems, which was a Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year. McKay is also known as a poetry editor, and he has taught poetry in universities across the country. Rhea Tregebov is the author of poetry, fiction and children's picture books. She has also edited a number of anthologies. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where she teaches poetry, children's literature and literary translation. Her work has received a number of literary awards, including the J. I. Segal Award for fiction, the Pat Lowther Award, the Prairie Schooner Readers' Choice Award, and the Malahat Review Long Poem Award. Since Tregebov works in several genres with a variety of publishers, this site is designed to give readers a sense of her writing as a whole, as well as details on her publications, background, and teaching. . Rachel Wyatt immigrated to Canada with her family in 1957. She was Director of the Writing Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts during the 1990s and has appeared at writer's conferences across Canada and internationally. She has won the CBC Literary Competition Drama Award and was Awarded the Order of Canada in 2002 and the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2003.