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Wendy McGrath is a Metis writer/artist born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and is based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 Territory. She is also a printmaker.
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This is a gallery of work specially created for #ThinAir2020. Spend time with writers you love, and discover some new favourites! Ceci est une galerie de travaux spécialement créée pour #ThinAir2020. Passez du temps avec des écrivains que vous aimez et découvrez de nouveaux favoris!

Wendy McGrath is a Metis writer/artist born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and is based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 Territory. Her writing and artistic practice embraces multiple genres. Broke City, the final book in her Santa Rosa Trilogy (which also includes North East and Santa Rosa), is a prairie gothic novel that chronicles the struggles of a working-class family and is told through the eyes of child-narrator, Christine. McGrath’s most recent poetry project, Paso doble, is a poetry/photography collaboration with Danny Miles (drummer for July Talk and Tongue Helmet). Her most recent spoken word project, BEFORE WE KNEW is her second album project with producer/musician Sascha Liebrand. (Her first project with Liebrand, BOX, is an adaptation of her eponymous long poem. “MOVEMENT 1” from the album was nominated for a 2018 City of Edmonton Music Award in the Jazz Recording of the Year category.) McGrath is a printmaker who also creates artist’s books.   

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Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I think my aunt lent me this novel, as well as some other Salinger books. I was 12 or 13, if I remember right. I knew it was controversial (swearing! sex!) so I read Catcher in the Rye on the sly after bedtime. I didn’t want my parents to confiscate it, but rereading it as an adult it seemed so tame…

James Joyce’s Dubliners is almost a sacred work for me. I reread “The Dead” every January 6th and watch the John Huston film. So, this is no contest. My favourite line from a book is the final line in “The Dead:”
“His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”

Cluttered. I work on more than one project at a time and am always reading more than one book at a time. I like to have everything close at hand.

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To walk the entire length of the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

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