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Carol L. MacKay


Carol MacKay's first picture book for children was released in May 2017. Set in 1947, Lily in the Loft is a fictional story based on the experiences of thousands of children across Canada who eagerly awaited “newspaper day” to see their words in print via the YC Pages of the Western Producer, a youth writing page started in 1927 by women & children’s rights advocate, Violet McNaughton. The book was illustrated by Regina artist, Val Moker.

Carol also writes poetry, stories and non-fiction articles for children. Her work has appeared in numerous children's magazines including: Babybug, Cricket, Ladybug, Spider, Highlights for Children, Caterpillar (Ireland), Pockets, REAL Canadian Kids Magazine, Boys’ Quest, Zamoof!, Skipping Stones, Stories for Children, Story Friends, Knowonder! and on Schoolwide's Zing! Digital Library. 

Carol's poems for adult audiences have appeared in The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, Watershed (U of California, Chico), Prairie Journal, The Antigonish Review, Red Berry Review, Lichen, Existere, and Crannog (Ireland). Her work is also included in Shy: An Anthology (University of Alberta Press), Writing the Land: Alberta Through Its Poets (House of Blue Skies), White Ink: An Anthology about Mothers and Mothering (Demeter Press, Toronto), YYC Pop: Portraits of People (Frontenac House) and Threshold: An Anthology of Contemporary Writing From Alberta (University of Alberta Press). Her video poem, "My Paycheck" appeared on the Emmy and Gemini award-nominated television/web art series ZeD on CBC Television. She is the winner of the 2012 Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Award for Poetry and has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award for Poetry (2005).

Her poems and essays have been broadcast on CBC Radio, both regionally and nationally, including a reading on "This Morning with Shelagh Rogers."

Carol grew up in Ryley, Alberta and now makes her home on Vancouver Island.





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Lily in the Loft. YNWP, 2017
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