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Rowan McCandless
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Rowan McCandless writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She is the author of Persephone’s Children, a memoir dealing with domestic abuse and writing as a catalyst towards healing.
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Rowan McCandless writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She is the author of Persephone’s Children, a memoir which deals with the aftermath of domestic abuse and writing as a profound catalyst and pathway towards healing. A proud creative outlier, Rowan weaves traditional literary techniques with subversive forms. Through thematically linked and structurally inventive essays, she explores the fraught and fragmented relationship between memory, trauma, and the written word. Her writing illuminates the intersection of identity and family, history and culture, as well as the resiliency of the human spirit and the search for self and belonging. Winner of a National Magazine Award in the category of one-of-a-kind storytelling (2020) and The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (2019), her writing can be found in The Journey Prize stories:30, The Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Review, amongst others. Rowan lives in Winnipeg, which is located on Treaty 1 territory. Being the daughter of multiple diasporas, she wants to give voice to the experience of people living on the margins, navigating between ideas and ideals and the artificial social construct called race. Rowan loves to spend time with family, friends, and her Bernese Mountain dog, Toby. She is currently working on a short story collection.

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I didn’t have to hide any of my books while reading as a kid/teen. Either my parents were very liberal or the books I read didn’t rise to the level of secrecy.

We are, I am, you are
by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to this scene
carrying a knife, a camera a book of myths in which
our names do not appear.
— Adrienne Rich,
from “Diving into the Wreck”

I’m a clean desk person all the way. At the very least I aspire to be one. Piles of clutter break my concentration and makes it difficult for me to write.

I worry about an abusive ex who haunts my dreams at night.

I would love to learn how to play the cello.

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