cassidy mcfadzean

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Cassidy McFadzean was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2015, she published HACKER PACKER, which won two Saskatchewan Book Awards and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her poems have appeared in magazines across Canada and the U.S., including BOAAT, PreludeThe FiddleheadPRISM international, and Arc, and have been finalists for the CBC Literary Awards, The Walrus Poetry Prize, and the Canadian Authors Association's Emerging Writer Award. Her work has been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry 2016, The New Wascana Anthology, and In Fine Form 2. Her second collection DROLLERIES will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2019. She lives in Toronto.

My goal is to meet each poem on its own terms to help you to develop your unique voice and identify the underlying poetics of your work. For individual poems, this might mean tightening language, syntax, and musicality at the line level, to making overarching suggestions for form and narrative. I will push you to consider each word choice, to find the impulse that drives your work, and liven what is already present in your writing. I will encourage you bring the sum of your knowledge and life experiences to the page—no matter how ordinary or esoteric. For longer projects, I will identify publication opportunities, offer suggestions for further reading, and help you to shape and order your manuscript. I look forward to sharing my excitement for lyric poetry and consider it the utmost honour to help you discover the poem that only you can write.

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