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Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter is the author of four books including the novels This Has Nothing to Do With You and Swarm and the poetry collections Following Sea and Lichen Bright. Her first novel, Swarm, was on CBC's list of 40 novels that could change Canada. In 2014, her short story "Rhubarb" won top place in the Prairie Fire fiction prize and appeared in the annual Best Canadian Stories (edited by John Metcalf). Her work has also been nominated for the Journey Prize and longlisted multiple times for the CBC Literary Prizes in both poetry and fiction while also earning multiple grants, including the Manitoba Arts Council Major Arts Award, given to Manitoba artists whose creative work shows "exceptional quality and accomplishment." She grew up in Blind River, ON, and has lived in the Greater Toronto Area and The Pas, MB. She currently resides in St. Andrews, MB.

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Migration (1868) I. Five years by then in Owen Sound. Six children. A shop at Boyd's Wharf where the schooners and steamersslid in, cutting calm water to sellthe fish that frothedin the shallowsoffshore, and carrypassengers southto Meaford. In John's eyesevery boattook them with it. II. She belongsto what she leftbehind: black charof the village, burned to the ground, Richard, fourth son, buried back there. III. The walls of close forest rebuilt her past, those ribbons of water that tumblefrom stone, soft grit on her fingers like ash as she follows the Sydenham River from town, hunting red birthroot in the rust-coloured bedsof last year. IV.I don't know why John had to go so far from escarpment's strong spine, but after John Junior married his Margaret, they left,embarked the boat once again. Fish a silver shelf far below, gulls grey shadows in sun. Like pollen, the children drifted the deck as the harbour fell farther, shrank back.

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Swarm

Swarm

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