Last night, Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen launched her new collection, Lean-To, at Local Jo Cafe & Market in Halifax.
Tonja currently lives in Halifax but she was born in Saskatoon and spent her childhood first in Calgary, and later on a farm in Saskatchewan. Her first collection, Clay Birds, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry in 1996. Her second collection Or was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award in 2004. Lean-To is Tonja's second collection with Gaspereau Press. In 2005, we published her chapbook, August, a suite of fourteen poems.