Elisabeth Harvor grew up in the Kennebecasis River Valley on the Canadian east coast. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Prism International, The Malahat Review, The Hudson Review, The American Voice, Our Generation Against Nuclear War, and many other periodicals, and has been anthologized in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She was the winner of the Lampert Award for her first poetry book, Fortress of Chairs, in 1992; first prize in the League of Canadian Poets’ National Poetry Competition in 1989 and 1991; the Confederation Poets’ Prize in 1991 and 1992; and the Alden Nowlan Award in 2000. Her first novel, Excessive Joy Injures the Heart, was chosen one of the 10 best books of the year by The Toronto Star in 2000. Her story collections include Our Lady of All the Distances; If Only We Could Drive Like This Forever; and Let Me Be the One, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. She lives in Ottawa.