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72 Pages, 5.75 x 8.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00) (CA $20.00)

Publication Date: October 2023

ISBN 9781771668569

Rights: WOR X CA

Book*hug Press (Oct 2023)


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Winner of the 2024 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, Sandra Ridley's latest book offers a breathtaking, harrowing immersion in cruelty behind different veils: the medieval hunt, ecological collapse, and intimate partner violence.

Sparked by a haunting chance encounter with a fox, and told in six chapters of varying form, Vixen is as visceral as it is mysterious, sensuous as it is terrifying.

"Thicket" introduces us to stalking being akin to hunting; the similar threat of terror and—too often—a violent end. "Twitchcraft" locates the hunt in the home, the wild in the domestic, while "Season of the Haunt" explores the unrelenting nature of hunting. "Stricken" asks common questions that often implicitly justify such violence: Is the harassment ‘bad enough’ to allow us to label it criminal? Has all control been taken? Is the fear reasonable?

Vixen propels us to examine the nature of empathy, what it means to be a compassionate witness, and what happens when brutality is so ever-present that we become numb. This is a beautiful, difficult, wild tapestry of defiance and survival.


Vixen is the winner of the 2024 Pat Lowther Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets

Author Biography

SANDRA RIDLEY is the author of several books of poetry including Vixen, Silvija, a finalist for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize, and The Counting House. She has been nominated for and won many prizes including the bpNichol Chapbook Award, a Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing, and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Ridley has taught at Sage Hill Writing, Carleton University, and has been a mentor with Ottawa’s Supportive Housing and Mental Health Services “Footprints to Recovery” program for people living with mental illness. Her work has been anthologized and translated into German and French. Sandra grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and lives in Ottawa.