Pottersfield Press just sent me the proof of my debut book of poems, Salt Fires, forthcoming this fall. I think it’s quite lovely, and of course want to share it. The artwork, “Old Tree,” is by Lynn Misner, photographed by Stephen Ernst, both of Power House Art. Here it is:

“Old Tree” by Lynn Misner. Photograph by Stephen Ernst

My poem “Mermaid” is included in Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things, an anthology of Atlantic Canadian children’s poetry, edited by Sheree Fitch and Anne Hunt, published by Nimbus. There’s a poem by my mother, Joyce Barkhouse, CM, ONS, too, along with so many wonderful others.

A chapbook of my poems, Silence, is available at Lexicon Books, and at the Etsy site of Nancy French, of Lindenlea Paper, who created the lovely paper and the book, published by Mid-Drumlin Press. My cousin, Margaret Atwood, was kind enough to mention Silence in  the New York Times.


This is a short story called “Little Billy”, published by Room Magazine, reprinted online.

pit-ponyI wrote the text for Pit Pony: The Picture Book, from the YA novel written by my mother, Joyce Barkhouse. (Sydney Smith, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Sidewalk Flowers, did the terrific illustrations.)





Sable Island – Imagine! is written for readers at about the Grade 3 level. There is an excellent free curriculum guide for the book, created by Nancy Wilcox Richards, author of the Farmer Joe series and other works.