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.
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by Rodger Wilkie
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
by Rodger Wilkie
'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.
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