Brent MacLaine is Professor Emeritus and a 3M Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Prince Edward Island. He was born and grew up in the rural community of Rice Point, PEI, to which he returned after teaching at universities in Vancouver, Edmonton, China, and Singapore. In addition to numerous academic articles on modern literature and the literature of Atlantic Canada, he has published four volumes of poetry, Wind and Root (Vehicule 2000), These Fields Were Rivers (Goose Lane 2004), Shades of Green (Acorn 2008), and Athena Becomes a Swallow (2009). He has also edited with Hugh MacDonald Landmarks: an Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land (Acorn 2001). Brent MacLaine's awards for poetry include a League of Canadian Poets prize, the Prince Edward Island Book Award, and the Atlantic Poetry Prize (for Shades of Green).