Spider Women: A Tapestry of Creativity and Healing


Edited by Joan Turner and Carol Rose

About the Book
Spider Women: A Tapestry of Creativity and Healing weaves together the wisdom of Canadian writers, artists, therapists, clients, academics, musicians, educators and others. It includes stories, essays, poetry, original music, art and photography by urban Canadian women from Victoria to St. John’s and rural women from Verigin, Saskatchewan to Kelowna, British Columbia. In a variety of forms, the contributors describe the ways they use their creativity to overcome adversity, achieve empowerment and work toward developing a more just and caring society. The personal and political aspects of women’s lives are examined by women from diverse cultures, classes and age groups.

“…this beautifully balanced book certainly brings forth a new understanding of selfrecovery and survival. The potent images are unforgettable and may indeed take shape in readers’ memories, art forms, and become a source from which hope and healing is recovered.”
—Woman Newsmagazine

About the Author
Joan Turner is a social worker and massage therapist. She is editor of Living the Changes, co-editor of Perspectives on Women, and contributing author to Healing Voices. Her writing has appeared in Pottersfield Portfolio, Motherworker, Backtalk, and Feminist Bookstore News. She was Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba, for almost 20 years, owner of Bold Print Inc., the Winnipeg women’s bookstore, for eight years, and chaplain of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg. She lives in Winnipeg.

Carol Rose is a writer, teacher, and counselor. She is published in CV2, Dandelion, Other Voices, Parchment, Prairie Fire, Quarry, The Wascana Review, Vintage ’96, Whetstone, and Zygote. Her work has also appeared in anthologies: Consciousness Raising: Women’s Stories of Connection and Transformation, Voices and Echoes: Canadian Women’s Spirituality, and Miriam’s Well. Carol’s awards include the Henry Fuerstenberg Award for Poetry, co-winner in the Sandburg-Livesay poetry competition, and second prize in the Stephen Leacock International Poetry competition. She was also twice nominated for the John Hirsch award for most promising Manitoba writer. Her collection of poetry is called Behind the Blue Gate. Carol lives in Winnipeg.

OCC019000 Body, Mind & Spirit/Personal Transformation SEL009000 Self Help/Creativity SOC028000 Social Science/Women’s Studies
368 pp 6 x 9 in