Audrey Whitson’s 2019 novel, The Death of Annie the Water Witcher by Lightning, has received both critical acclaim and enthusiastic reader response. Whitson’s collection of coming-of-age stories, The Glorious Mysteries, was longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; as well, “Snow” from this collection was shortlisted for the 2014 Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction. Her first book, Teaching Places, a memoir about how the land teaches, was shortlisted for three awards in 2004. Her poetry and essays have been published in many magazines and anthologies and have won awards. Audrey is currently at work on a play about sexual violence. She lives in Edmonton.

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Audrey's musings

18 March

Spring Equinox 2020: Pregnant with Possibility

I did not go to Spain this spring. It wasn’t easy to make the decision; I left it till the 11th hour. The Canadian Government (as with most governments) was still giving a Level 1 travel advisory for most of Europe: “Travel and take precautions.” It wasn’t until the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the […]

20 December

Winter Solstice 2019: Death and Life

There are always thresholds to cross. And there are always choices to make. Every season opens a door. I don’t think it’s a contradiction that people mark midwinter as a major anniversary of loss as well as a time of gratitude. Winter solstice holds both death and life for us. When I was in Malta […]

22 September

Autumn 2019: The Mysteries of Human Love

As I harvest my year this autumn, the experience that stands out for me most is my visit to the Valle dei Templi at Agrigento in Sicily in the spring. Agrigento is an ancient pilgrimage site, at more than 2000 acres (3+ sections of land) probably the largest outside of Athens in Greek antiquity. A […]