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About the Author

Rosemary Clewes is a poet, nonfiction writer, photographer and artist. Her extensive northern travel, forming a body of work in both poetry and prose, includes Once Houses Could Fly: Kayaking North of 79 Degrees, (2012) and Thule Explorer: Kayaking North of 77 Degrees (2008). A crown of sonnets, also entitled Thule Explorer was nominated by The Malahat Review for the National Magazine Awards in 2006. She was a finalist in the 2006 CBC Literary Awards.

She has been published most recently in Arc Poetry Magazine, Descant Magazine, Queen’s Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Grain Magazine and The Fiddlehead. Her third book of poems on the Arctic, The Woman Who Went To The Moon, with paintings by Ruth Luginbeuhl is a work in progress.

Clewes has made seven trips to the Arctic in both winter and summer. She has rafted some of the great rivers in the Yukon and Alaska, and has reached the highest latitudes by icebreaker.

Living on the cusp of her personal frontiers is a recurring theme, and in prose and poetry she conducts a conversation with the land, seeking to understand her place in the larger order, and in the power and fragility of nature. I consider myself an explorer, charting the serendipitous events where the physical and the miraculous meet. I am interested in the authentic moments, when we forget ourselves and find that we have come home.

Rosemary Clewes was born in Toronto. Alongside her work as an MSW, a Gestalt, and Marriage and Family Therapist, Clewes taught in the Department of Social Work at York University for two years. She was a horsewoman, painter and printmaker.

Other Activities.

Clewes is an alumna of the Banff Writing Studio (2005) and the Sage Hill Writing Experience, Saskatchewan (2006).

She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets and The Ontario Poetry Society.

As alumna, The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto invited her to teach in their Outdoor Education Program in Algonquin Park, Ontario, where she introduced 120 students to Thule Explorer: Kayaking North of 77 Degrees (2009).

Rosemary was interviewed on Open Book Toronto, as part of their Poets in Profile interviews.

Full publication list here