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Gloria Barkley’s first chapbook, STEMWINDER, is about her grade-school stint in the thriving gold-mining town of Hedley around 1938. Hedley, nestled in a cleavage of mountains meant coziness and jobs to some residents, isolation to others. The few people who owned cars cursed their metallic chatter on the one narrow gravel road leading in and out of town or up “suicide” road to the Nickel Plate Mine.

STEMWINDER began as a short U.B.C. Creative Writing Department project. It grew into a book of poems reflecting Barkley’s impressions of one of Canada’s largest gold- producing areas. Barkley intersperses her poems with quotations from former residents and sketches from old snapshots. Rather than a historical account, the book offers an intriguing glimpse into life and near death of a southern B.C.mining town.

Barkley’s poetry credits include anthologies Here is a Poem, Do Whales Jump at Night?; magazines Canadian Bookman, Event, Canadian Lutheran; and newspapers. She is an Associate Member of The League of Canadian Poets, Burnaby Writers Society, the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Gloria is a graduate of the Vancouver School of Art now called Emily Carr University and has studied Poetry Writing, Stage Play Writing and Writing for Children at Douglas College, U.B.C. and S.F.U. She credits Eileen Kernaghan’s critique group, which meets weekly at Kyle Centre, Port Moody, B.C. for their constructive suggestions about her poems.

STEMWINDER, Wet Sickle Press, Burnaby, B.C., 1995 is sold out but Gloria is presently writing STEMWINDER II, more poems about Hedley back then.

Article on Water Window Mirror as printed in WordWorks magazine and published by The Federation of British Columbia Writers recently (Fall 2014 edition) by Katrin Horowitz.

Water Window Mirror poetry book placed Finalist (in top three) in Whistler Independent Authors Awards, 2016


email contact : gloria9(at)shaw.ca

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to read an article written by Gloria about her family history.