Poet and visual artist Andrew Suknaski was born on a homestead near Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, in July 1942, to Julia (Karasinski) and Andrew Suknaski, Sr. His first collection was Wood Mountain Poems (1976), edited by Al Purdy, followed by The Ghosts Call You Poor (1978), and In the Name of Narid (1981). Ghosts won Suknaski the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award in 1979. His other books include Montage for an Interstellar Cry (1982) and Silk Trail (1985). Suknaski's poems have appeared in such anthologies as Number One Northern (1977) and Studio One: Stories Made for Radio (1990). He has worked as a researcher for the National Film Board, contributed to such films as Grain Elevator (1981) by Charles Konowal, and The Disinherited (1985) by Harvey Spak. In 1978, Spak made a documentary of Suknaski entitled Wood Mountain Poems. Suknaski's Polish and Ukrainian heritage, his concern for First Nations, and the people and place of Wood Mountain feature strongly in his realist poetry, and his work continues to be studied across Canada. In 2006, Regina's Hagios Press reissued Suknaski's Wood Mountain Poems as a thirtieth anniversary edition.
rob mclennan is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and non–fiction, most recently The Uncertainty Principle: Stories (2014) and the poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (2014). In 2016 mclennan was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. He lives in Ottawa with Christine McNair and their two small girls.