Born Out of This is being taught at York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies, BES Program, ENVS 1800.06 Environmental Writing / Writing the Environment, by professor Cate Sandilands.
"... shining poetry. ... This collection is a fine fusion of nature and human nature." - George Elliot Clarke
"Lovely, touching, and powerful." - Bruce Cockburn
"For half the year, Christine Lowther lives on a floathouse in Clayoquot Sound. The other half, she lives on pavement or moves about, restless. Her poems come from the edges of polite society, of the ocean storm, where unexpected things happen, where changes occur; with a foot planted on each side she has become a keen observer, a wise voice." —Ursula Vaira, publisher.
This volume's poem "Good Company" can now be read on BC buses. Its poem "Eight storeys high 250 metres down" appears in Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast.
“[H]eartbreaking, necessary book. The first eyewitness account of the country’s greatest literary tragedy . . .” —Quill & Quire
—The Islander/Victoria Times-Colonist
"Lowther’s first book, New Power, is an
astonishing collection of heartbreaking force."
—George Elliott Clarke
Writing the West Coast
In Love with Place
Co-edited by myself and Anita Sinner."With its collective, eco-consciousness coupled with contributions from First Nations writers, Writing the West Coast is a coherent anthology that reverberates with a sense of history and pride." -BC Bookworld
The beautiful cover painting of Tofino's 800-year-old "Eik" Cedar is by artist and author Joanna Streetly. This collection of over thirty essays by both well-known and emerging writers explores what it means to “be at home” on Canada’s west coast. Here the rainforest and the wild, stormy shoreline dominate one’s sense of identity, a humbling perspective shared in memoirs by individuals who come to see themselves as part of a larger ecological community.
Alexandra Morton followed orcas to the Broughton Archipelago and now fights to protect wild salmon from the impact of fish farms. Grandmother-activist Betty Krawczyk describes living in a remote A-frame under mountains that have been clearcut, and how this led her to join the blockades. Valerie Langer tells us of a tsunami warning, one that is both literal and metaphorical. Brian Brett reflects on possible futures for Clayoquot Sound, thinking back to the wild times he spent there in the sixties.
Writing the West Coast includes a number of brightly satiric commentators like Briony Penn, who compares sex in the city to love in the temperate rainforest, Andrew Struthers, who recalls squatting in a home-made pyramid in the bush, and Susan Musgrave, who writes with affection and humour about the “excluded” Haida Gwaii. Young First Nation writers Eli Enns and Nadine Crookes provide their perspective of deep rootedness in place. And there are many more contributors, all of whom are engaged in finding purpose along with a sense of belonging that is uniquely west coast. My own chapter is called "Facing the Mountain".
“Here is an intimate look into life on the farthest West Coast of Canada among those, who in their various ways, are filled with passion for its waterways, its forests, its wildlife, even its weather. I found Writing the West Coast fascinating.”
— Sharon Butala
“... [A]n evocative collection of stories that demands an intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual awareness of the environment in which we live.”
— Canadian Literature
“A marvelous collection of 33 essays by top writers covering the full spectrum of the delights of the Canadian West Coast.”
— Lower Island News
Other titles Chris has some involvement in:
The Other 23 & a Half Hours
Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn't Teach YouIt might be counterintuitive, but Catherine Owen believes being a writer involves much more than writing. In this provocative book she examines the moving parts of the literary community and explains what makes it tick. Starting with reading, which Owen believes is a fundamental part of being a writer, she considers activities such as reviewing, translating, hosting radio shows and even running small presses. With over sixty interviews as well as her own experiences to draw on, Owen sketches a compelling picture of what a literary life can be. Readers will come away with a new appreciation for the dynamism of the Canadian literary scene and the inspiration to contribute to it.
Where the Nights Are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets
edited by David Eso and Jeanette Lynes.
At times beautiful, at times rueful, Where the Nights Are Twice as Long is a collection of letters written by Canadian poets to those they loved. The result is a diverse portrait of the life cycle of a romantic relationship, from first infatuation to I-still-can't-forget-you melancholy. The book is divided into sections based on the poets' age at the time of writing the love letters, from teens and twenties right up to sixties, seventies and beyond. Includes pieces from Louis Riel, Pauline Johnson, Irving Layton, Di Brandt, Leonard Cohen and more. This is the first time a book has contained both my work and my mother's.
Animals fascinate us. Whether we view them as friends, workmates, symbols, totems, or food, animals matter to us, and we want to tell their stories.
In this collection, thirty-seven writers from across Canada tell thought-provoking stories of extraordinary encounters with a variety of animals—from rats and salamanders to wolves and bears. From tributes to a favourite cat or dog to tales of a chance encounter with a moose or a cougar, these stories are sure to entertain and enlighten. The writers are people who spend time in the company of animals, paying close attention to them and their natures, and the lessons they can teach us.
In the Company of Animals features stories from well-known Canadian authors including Farley Mowat, Richard Wagamese, David Weale, Linda Johns, Anny Scoones, and David Adams Richards, Jacqueline Windh and many others. My chapter is about a certain harbour seal ...
Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast
Foreword: David Suzuki; Afterword: Wade Davis; overall slavemaster: Mark Hobson. The 160-page book is now in its second printing and highlights the art pieces, most of which are originals, from 50 incredible Canadian and First Nation artists like Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Craig Benson, Carol Evans, Lissa Calvert and Roy Henry Vickers. The art is featured with writings, including my poem "Eight Storeys High 250 Metres Down". All works are grouped into one of nine chapters that cover the region, the people, sea birds, land mammals, marine mammals, forests, estuaries, salmon, and the underwater marine life of Canada’s raincoast, including the Queen Charlotte Basin and the Great Bear Rainforest. A gorgeous coffee-table hardcover published by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation - buying one helps the cause.
Force Field – 77 Women Poets of BC
Edited by Susan Musgrave
Published by Mother Tongue Publishing
Maleea Acker, Joanne Arnott, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Jacqueline Baldwin, Michelle Barker, Rhonda Batchelor, Yvonne Blomer, Leanne Boschman, Fran Bourassa, Marilyn Bowering, Kate Braid, Connie Braun, Margo Button, Anne Cameron, Marlene Cookshaw, Judith Copithorne, Susan Cormier, Lorna Crozier, Jen Currin, Daniela Elza, Cathy Ford, Carla Funk, Maxine Gadd, Rhonda Ganz, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Heidi Garnett, Lakshmi Gill, Kim Goldberg, Alisa Gordaneer, Heidi Greco, Heather Haley, Diana Hartog, Diana Hayes, Joelene Heathcote, Karen Hofmann, Leah Horlick, Aislinn Hunter, Gillian Jerome, Elena E. Johnson, Eve Joseph, Donna Kane, Sonnet L’Abbe, Larissa Lai, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Zoe Landale, Evelyn Lau, Julia Leggett, Angela Long, Christine Lowther, Sandra Lynn Lynxleg, Rhona McAdam, Susan McCaslin, Hannah Main-van der Kamp, Daphne Marlatt, Jessica Michalofsky, Jane Munro, Catherine Owen, Shauna Paull, Miranda Pearson, Meredith Quartermain, Rebekah Rempel, Linda Rogers, Rachel Rose, Laisha Rosnau, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Sandy Shreve, Melanie Siebert, Susan Stenson, Cathy Stonehouse, Sharon Thesen, Ursula Vaira, Betsy Warland, Gillian Wigmore, Rita Wong, Onjana Yawnghwe, Patricia Young, Jan Zwicky.
Walk Myself Home
Favourably reviewed in Prairie Fire and endorsed by Bitch magazine!
“The poetry in this collection should not be missed.” –Bitchmedia website