Born in Manitoba’s Interlake, Sarah Klassen learned at an early age to appreciate both birdsong and nature’s silence. An accomplished poet and fiction writer, she has won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Journey to Yalta, the High Plains Award for Fiction for A Feast of Longing, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry for A Curious Beatitude, and the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry. She has been nominated for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and the Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her new collection of poetry is Monstrance (Turnstone). Klassen lives in Winnipeg.