Five x Five
Esi Edugyan on Melanie Siebert:
Melanie Siebert’s poems are incandescent marvels. In language both stark and playful, she beautifully limns the natural world and our place within it. Her first collection, Deepwater Vee, explores the destruction of our country’s waterways – by dams, pollution, sewage, tar sands – with bracing lyricism. Siebert’s work forces us to confront the ways in which we damage the very thing that sustains us, and how that instinct to harm can leach over into our most sacred human relationships. She is a stunning writer certain to make a lasting contribution.
Melanie Siebert is a poet whose first book, Deepwater Vee (McClelland & Stewart), was shortlisted for a 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award. She was selected by the Writers’ Trust to be a writer-in-residence at Berton House Writers’ Retreat in 2013. Siebert lives in Victoria where she is an instructor at the University of Victoria. She was selected by Esi Edugyan.
Esi Edugyan’s novel Half-Blood Blues was nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Man Booker Prize, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Edugyan has held writing fellowships in the US, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain, and Belgium. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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