About the book

Redrafting Winter     letters

9781894543859 | Poetry
Published by BuschekBooks, 2015


Blackened brick chimney,
the haze of wood heat
blends frozen stone behind.

The sky is cruel blue
stretched full of wind.

Here is the beginning. By mail, we will have more time to think about what comes next.


In March 2007, after reading And Once More Saw the Stars, Alison Strumberger penned the first lines of a poem, mailed them to Gillian Sze, and, unbeknownst to them, started a three-year correspondence that would include over seventy letters and postcards mailed from thirteen cities around the world. Part memoir, part epistolary, and part poetry, Redrafting Winter documents the friendship of two writers navigating their twenties, each in search of a footing in the world.


We are pleased and honoured to announce that Redrafting Winter was shortlisted for the QWF’s 2016 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Congratulations to all the finalists, and to Kelly Norah Drukker, who won for her debut collection, Small Fires (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016). View the shortlist here, and the list of winners for all categories here.


Montreal Review of Books: Pearl Pirie, July 2016

The Conversation: Kevin Brophy, May 2016

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