“Coupal...succeeds admirably in painting a measured, loving, occasionally caustic, often blistering portrait of a small farming community...A brave beginning."
“...there is an abundance of gorgeously rewarding stand-alone poems.”
Quill and Quire
“Coupal...captures the magic, beauty, tragedy and inexplicable weirdness that come with growing up in rural Saskatchewan...It has left a lasting impression on me and I know that I will find myself picking it up again and again."
“In this fiercely honest debut collection, Coupal wrangles her memories of land and light, friendship and personal growth into a rich field of golden retrospect on her hometown of Sedley, Saskatchewan. Coupal's poetry is fresh and refreshing - a confident, complex and poignant voice that lifts up stories of rural life."
Saskatchewan Book Awards
“These poems have a luminous simplicity to them and beautifully bring rural Saskatchewan to life...”
City of Regina
Writing Award judge
Chelsea Coupal's first poetry collection, Sedley (Coteau, 2018), was shortlisted for three Saskatchewan Book Awards and selected by Chapters Indigo for an Indigo Exclusive edition. Her work has appeared in literary journals across Canada, including Arc, Event and Grain; and the Best Canadian Poetry anthology. She has won the City of Regina Writing Award and been shortlisted for CV2's Young Buck Poetry Prize. She grew up in the village of Sedley, Saskatchewan and now lives in Regina, where she completed a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing.