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Allana Stuart is a writer and former CBC Radio journalist. Her poem “The End of the Line” won Prairie Fire's 2021 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award.
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Allana Stuart is a writer of poetry and fiction and a former CBC Radio journalist. Her poem “The End of the Line” won Prairie Fire's 2021 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest and was long-listed for the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize. In her previous career as a journalist, she won a Jack Webster award for feature reporting and had her documentary work showcased on national programs. A child of the boreal forest, Allana grew up in Thunder Bay (the traditional territory of the Anishinabek people and the Fort William First Nation, signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty) and at her family’s cabin in the Northwestern Ontario wilderness (Treaty 3 territory). She now lives in Ottawa (on the traditional, unceded lands of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people) with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing and reading, she’s often roller-skating in her basement.

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I have always been a voracious reader and my parents were pretty open to letting me read anything I thought I could handle, but I was probably a bit more secretive with the romance novels I devoured as a teenager.

This is such a difficult question, because I am constantly jotting down lines that I love or that resonate deeply with me! But the first one that comes to mind is this quote from “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab:

“Stories are a way to preserve one’s self. To be remembered, and to forget. Stories come in so many forms: in charcoal, and in song, in paintings, poems, films. And books. Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives -- or to find strength in a very long one.”

Clean! My mind is cluttered enough, I find I function better with a tidy workspace.

Oh, so many things. They’re mostly worries about something bad happening to one of my loved ones, but also general concerns about the sad state of the world.

I don’t know that it’s a secret, per se, but I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid…

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