In Lightning Over Wyoming, Kat Cameron's second poetry collection, the poet takes us into her world and beyond with truthful yet empathetic observations of what it means to be young, to be old, to be lost and to be found. As in her first book Strange Labyrinth, she weaves historical figures into a modern sensibility, showing us both the beautiful and ugly threads between then in now. In the collection's title section, Cameron takes us to the Wild West and Buffalo Bill Cody's life after a visit to the town in Wyoming he built. In "Alberta Advantage," another of three sections in thie collection, Cameron contrasts Alberta's stunning mountains and lakes with the crime and sorrow plaguing its oil-rich cities.
Kat Cameron was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick and has worked as an ESL teacher in Japan, a substitute teacher, and an editorial assistant. Her poems and short stories have appeared in literary journals across Canada, including CV2, Descant, The Fiddlehead, FreeFall, Grain, Literary Review of Canada, Room, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, and subTerrain. She teaches English and writing at Concordia University College in Edmonton. Lighting over Wyoming is her second collection and was written with the assistance of an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant.