Sarah de Leeuw

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Sarah de Leeuw, a creative writer and geographer, is a two-time recipient of a CBC Literary Prize in Creative Non-Fiction (“Columbus Burning”, 2008 and “Quick, Quick. Slow. Slow.”, 2009) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and a PhD in Cultural-Historical Geography from Queen’s University. She grew up in northern British Columbia, on Haida Gwaii and in Terrace, and is currently an assistant professor in the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of two books of essays (Unmarked: Landscapes Along Highway 16, NeWest Press 2004, and Front Lines: Portraits of Caregivers in Northern British Columbia, Creekstone Press 2011) and the book of poetry (in the long poem tradition) Geographies of a Lover (NeWest 2012).


After Paul Aster Spoke About Lightning

Together for the hours of those films we give up the long strong light of late summer evenings that sustains us in the winter and we give up the first runs of coho and the possibility of picking pine mushrooms and we give up the most purple of purples in the world, in the shape of fireweed flowers before they turn to seed and pollen, ash white on the wind bringing in fall, and we are transported, connected to something afar.

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