About the Book
On the very elegant surface of the Red Velvet Forest by award-winning poet, Shawna Lemay, is the author’s own journey toward deeper understanding of self and art. As with her previous collection Blue Feast, this new work is on one significant level an intensely personal journey, but on a much more profound level the Red Velvet Forest about the understanding of “personal” as a path toward the recognizing the significance of the individual in the collective survival of art and humanity. Lemay’s stunning poetry becomes the trail that must be followed back through a dark wood reminiscent of the forest that consumed Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel. The poet’s quest is to find a magic clearing in the forest she remembers from childhood where she first experienced silence in nature, but the way there is fraught with the twists and deceptions of memory.
About the Author
Shawna Lemay was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Lemay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Honours English, and has just recently completed her Masters in English–both at the University of Alberta. Lemay lives in Edmonton with her husband, Rob Lemay who is a visual artist, and their daughter Chloe. She currently works for the Edmonton Public Library. Other works by Lemay include Still (self-published), Against Paradise (McClelland & Stewart), and All the God-Sized Fruit (McGill-Queen’s University Press)–the winning title of the Gerald Lampert and Stephan G. Stephansson awards.