Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Marian Frances White

Marian Frances White is a writer who has published in many different genres. Her published works include ten editions of A Woman's Almanac, Voices of Newfoundland and Labrador Women (1987-1992), and A Woman's Almanac, Voices of Atlantic Canadian women (1993-1996). In 1997 a collection of Almanac interviews was published in The Finest Kind, a compendium of Newfoundland and Labrador Stories. In 1994 White published the biographical book Not A Still Life, the art and writings of artist Rae Perlin. In 1995 she published a History of Newfoundland and Labrador with Grolier Ltd., as part of their Canadian series on the provinces. In 1996 it was translated into French. Prior to this, White started a women's newspaper called Waterlily.

In 1997 White published her first book of poetry, Skinny Dipping. George Elliott Clarke wrote in the Halifax Chronicle Herald: Forget Toronto, St. John's rules English Canadian poetry. Her film work has won awards in both Canada and the United States. In 2000, she was named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. White's second book of poetry, Mind Your Eyes, was released by Killick Press in 2003. Since then, through the League of Canadian Poets, she has given poetry readings in St. John's, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Durham Ontario, and Victoria, B.C, as well as Victoria, C.B. In these readings her celebration of life in Newfoundland comes to life.

In 2005, White released her first children's book, Sights Before Christmas, co-authored with her partner, Beni Malone. In 2006 Sights was named one of the best­selling children's books in Canada. In 2005 she co-produced a dramatic CSI-style documentary, Stealing Mary: Last of the Red Indians ­ a film that explores the demise of the Beothuk people of Newfoundland. In 2007 she released Tricksters, a documentary that takes viewers for a unique adventure to the northern Innu communities in Labrador.

White is currently working a poetic chapbook called Good Grief, to be released in May 2009.

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