Tom Wayman
   
 

Tom Wayman has published more than twenty poetry collections, three essay collections, two short story collections, a collection of novellas, and a novel. He has also edited six poetry anthologies. He has been Writer-in-Residence at the universities of Windsor, Alberta, Simon Fraser, Winnipeg, and Toronto. He is a co-founder of two BC alternative post-secondary ventures: the Vancouver Centre of the Kootenay School of Writing (1984–87) and the writing department of Nelson’s Kootenay School of the Arts (1991–2002). He is currently a director of the Calgary Spoken Word Festival Society and of Nelson’s Kootenay Literary Society, where he serves on the education committee and the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival organizing committee. Wayman lives in Winlaw, BC.

 

  


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POETRY

72 pages/trade paper

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REVIEWS

ISBN: 978-1-77187-131-0
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Tom Wayman

Helpless Angels weaves several themes together: music’s impact on a life, expressed through memory; poems that are like songs; music found in or described through nature; poems that directly consider music’s power; and, as a counterpoint to how music carries us through life, how art — and each of us — deals with significant loss: the death of a loved one. Helpless Angels looks at a long-term development — the ubiquitousness of widespread personal access to music performed by others that began in the 1950s and has continued to expand ever since. The collection explores via the medium closest to music, poetry, and a number of the delightful or at least positive dimensions to this enormous change in the fabric of people’s everyday lives.

 
“The voice that delivers this material is a smooth, accessible voice that Wayman has grown into over such a long, rich career. Like a seasoned jazz saxophone player, Wayman leans back into the music he is creating because he has paid his dues: he has reached that point of grace in improvisation, a poise that takes years to acquire.” — John Lent, Arc Poetry Magazine, for Dirty Snow (2012)

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short fiction

282 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-897235-25-6
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Tom Wayman

 

The stories collected in Boundary Country — poet Tom Wayman’s first book of fiction — slide effortlessly across time and place. Some offer an insider’s guide to the people who live in British Columbia’s distinctive Kootenay mountain region. Others take as their starting point the family sagas of European immigrants to Toronto during the 1930s or the lives of contemporary working folk in Vancouver. Another turns on an incident during the American Civil War. Yet all the tales are set in the borderlands of human experience — the precise moments at which history becomes memory, desire is transformed into belief, and some locale or condition alters and we sense in the change a boundary.

"Descriptive prose that puts in mind the rhythms and precision of Cormac McCarthy ... Wayman gives us nature in the eyes of a man who knows it like his own skin."
— Jim Bartley, Globe & Mail (July 2007)

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