Rodger Wilkie


Originally from Windsor, Ontario, I grew up in the Toronto area, graduated from Dunbarton High School in Pickering, and later attended both the University of Toronto (St. Michael's College, BA) and the University of New Brunswick(Fredericton, MA, PhD). I've worked as a night shift janitor, tree planter, drugstore assistant manager, ESL instructor, and teacher of literature, those last two of which I currently enjoy doing at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. I taught for four years in South Korea, and my travels have taken me to various locations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Longstanding interests in fantasy literature, mythology, science, and the philosophy and poetry of the far East, have all influenced my writing in one way or another, as has my love of hiking, camping, and paddling. My wife Heather Brander and I have a daughter, Lindsay, around whom I've found that the universe quite comfortably revolves.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I am finalizing a new book of haiku and other short poems called "A Few Words on The Way." Many of the pieces in the new collection spring from my lifelong engagement with Taoist and Buddhist thought in addition to my reading in the classical poetry of China and Japan. Of course the poems themselves are responses to real moments in day-to-day life, and I've tried to be true to the spirit of elegant simplicity that has defined the haiku for centuries.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "A few Words on The Way: Haiku and Short Poems," will be early this summer. the poems that make it up were written between 2014 and 2016 and vary between deeply personal and more abstract reflections. Most are infused with my lifelong reading in Taoist and Buddhist thought in addition to an ongoing engagement with the classical poetry of China and Japan. They are also, in most cases, autobiographical and thus show a person dealing with everyday concerns--parenthood, marital breakdown, travel, contemplation, appreciation of natural cycles and phenomena. My understanding of the haiku genre suggests that the poem is not merely a record but also a vehicle of perception for both writer and reader. The new book--my first in this form--is thus an invitation to the reader to engage in an active and creative experience with me.
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Where to find Rodger Wilkie online


Otherworld Inc.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,500. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Twenty years after an unexplained rift opens up access to another world, travel writer David Burns sets out into unauthorized territory to gather material for a new book. But when his helicopter crashes, he is taken by the local insurgency. On the journey that follows, David is forced to re-evaluate his assumptions about patriotism, terrorism, and the role of the journalist as a witness to events.
Screefing: A Tree Planter's Reflection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,090. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
'Screefing' tells of a group of tree-planters working on the clear-cuts of the northern forest, tracing their development as they become increasingly removed from the urban society in which they have lived. The book is both a narrative and a meditation on individual work, relationships, spirituality, and the human interaction with a rough, fragile, and profoundly ancient landscape.