KIRSTEEN MACLEOD is a writer of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction whose work has appeared in literary journals including TNQ and Malahat Review. Her work has been a finalist for many awards, including ARC Poetry’s 2020 Poem of the Year. Kirsteen, a yoga teacher, also leads “relaxed writing” yoga workshops. Her new nonfiction book, In Praise of Retreat, is forthcoming in Spring 2021 (ECW Press) – see “Green Cathedral” for a preview. Kirsteen’s debut collection of short fiction, The Animal Game, was published in 2016. She divides her time between the lakeside city of Kingston, Ontario, and a riverside cabin in the north woods.