Gerry Shikatani was an indispensable editor with whom I worked to complete and polish my latest book of poetry.
Gerry’s precision and care for detail, as well as his obsession with sound, served to infuse my manuscript and edits with an eye to sparse and precise beauty and
rhythmic awareness, respectively. What was most important, though, was Gerry’s gentle but firm reminders that I (or any poet) need to speak the truth and bring the
reader to a new level of awareness and seeing.

Stephanie McKenzie, author of Saviours in This Little Space for Now: Poems for Emily Carr and Vincent van Gogh.
(Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2013)

Gerry did a consultation with me in 2013. The questions that he raised and his commentary on my poems were finely attuned to my work, and to me. He creates a space for reflection that is deep and wide, drawing from a life of making poetry that has been marked by innovation, study and engagement with other poets. Gerry channels this life into a kind of teaching that is sincerely engaged in trying to help a poet move forward. I came out of this consultation with a deeper understanding of myself and of making poetry. Working with Gerry is one of those rare opportunities for learning that may present themselves once or twice in a lifetime.

Guy Ewing,

Author of Earth Becoming Sky (Teksteditions, 2012)


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