Poetry. Memoir. Abandoned by her mother and abused by her father as a child, Janet has sought to unearth and articulate the questions around her upbringing and her family's past ever since. Recounting her story to Sharon, she found a receptive ear, the ability to heal, and a willing, uncanny, and faithful lyrical transcriber.
Janet's self-recognition as a biracial child, her mourning the early loss of her brother and sister, the Black history of Alberta and Saskatchewan, her passage from McCrate, to Clift, to Gallant, and her wig-making work are woven together in Sharon's elegiac verse. THE WIG-MAKER is Janet Gallant's song; her story comes to life in Sharon Thesen's poem.
Janet Gallant is the mother of two grown daughters currently working as a wig-maker in Lake Country, BC. THE WIG- MAKER (New Star Books, 2021) is her first book.Sharon Thesen is an editor and the author of a dozen books of poetry, including three Governor-General's Award nominees: Confabulations, The Beginning of the Long Dash, and The Good Bacteria. Her most recent works are THE WIG-MAKER (New Star Books, 2021) and THE RECEIVER (New Star Books, 2017). She lives in Lake Country, BC.Author City: LAKE COUNTRY, BC CAN