When in 1754 Jacques Cartier called Prince Edward Island, "The fairest land 'tis possible to see," it could only have been summertime. After months of slogging through winter followed by mud season, an Island summer feels like a blessing. it's short, and precious, and sweet, and definitely worth waiting for.

In summer 2007, photographer Anna Karpinski captured the essence of a Prince Edward Island summer through an exhibit of black-and-white photographs at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Walking through the gallery you were surrounded by summer – the beach, the summer festivals, the everyday things you do to savour that most delicious time of year – and it just made you feel like summer should.

Now 16 of PEI’s finest writers – some professional and some not – put words to what Anna saw through her lens, bringing you their own thoughts about summer in Prince Edward Island.

Text edited by Ann Thurlow
Includes poetry and prose by

Georges Arsenault
Laurie Brinklow
Rose Cousins
Tanya David
Dennis MacKenzie Ellsworth
David Helwig
Jane Ledwell
Patrick Ledwell
John MacKenzie
Brent MacLaine
Catherine MacLellan
Fraser McCallum
David Rashed
Peter Rukavina
Nancy Russell