New poetry book celebrates "islandness"

Laurie Brinklow’s latest collection is published by Island Studies Press
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The cover of a book entitled “My island’s the house I sleep in at night” with a painted image of houses perched on stilts sticking out of the water
“My island’s the house I sleep in at night” is published by Island Studies Press

“Being an islander means that you aren’t like everyone else,” writes Dr. Laurie Brinklow in her new book, My island’s the house I sleep in at night. Drawn from interviews with artists, writers, and musicians from Newfoundland and Labrador, Tasmania, and Prince Edward Island, these poems capture what it means to be an islander—to know every rock and tickle, “the sea your road/the hole in the sky/your light to travel by.”

In her highly anticipated second collection of poems, Brinklow weaves stories and images with her own poetic imaginings. These are poems steeped in community memory about belonging to a place like nowhere else, a kitchen party full of islanders telling stories about the patch of rock they call home.

My island’s the house I sleep in at night is published by Island Studies Press at UPEI and is available for sale at The Bookmark, the UPEI Bookstore, and online through the distributor, Nimbus Publishing. This book was the recipient of a SSHRC Exchange Publication Award from the Vice-President Academic and Research Office at UPEI.

Brinklow teaches in the Master of Arts in Island Studies program at UPEI. She is particularly interested in the power of place and story and their impact on island identity. She is the author of Here for the Music (Acorn 2012).

For more information about the book, please contact Bren at 902-566-0386 or ispstaff@upei.ca.

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