Betsy Warland, Lost Lagoon/ lost in thought (Halfmoon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press, 2020). Paperbound, 86 pp., $20.00 By Susan Olding In February, 2020, a month before the pandemic upended the ordinary patterns of many people’s lives, Betsy Warland took me for a stroll around Lost Lagoon, in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. I had walked there before, alone and with other friends. I knew where the herons liked to stand and wait for their prey. I’d seen the mallards and Canada Geese…
Donna Besel’s essay, “The Bay Filly,” which tells the story of a trip to pick up her new horse when she was twelve, won first place in Prairie Fire Magazine’s Annual Creative Nonfiction Contest. The essay will be published in the summer edition of the magazine. Recently Lesley Buxton, CNCF’s membership coordinator, interviewed Donna about her impressive win.