Dark Water Cover

Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes is a Jamaican-Canadian poet/educator and former nun with an interest in poetic inquiry. A 2009 Hawthornden Fellow, her publications include Dark Water Songs (2013), Inanna Publications; Travelling Light (2006), long-listed for the 2007 ReLit Poetry Award, and The Fires of Naming (2001) both from Seraphim Editions.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in journals such as Canadian Woman Studies / les cahiers de la femme, Poetry Wales, and Quills, and in the anthologies/publications Calling Cards: New Poetry from Caribbean/ Canadian Women, Sandberry Press (2005); Resonance: Poetry and Art, Sixth Floor Press (2008); The Art of Poetic Inquiry, Backalong Books (2012); Jamaica in the Canadian Experience: A Multiculturalizing Presence, Fernwood Publishing (2012); Jubilation! Poems Celebrating 50 Years of Jamaican Independence, Peepal Tree Press (2012); and in Poet to Poet, Guernica Editions (2012)... more

Recent books:

Travelling Light Cover   Fires of Naming Cover
Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes has painted a captivating new set of poetic canvases. Vividly, and with delicate precision, Travelling Light illuminates the people, landscapes and art - across Canada, in Europe, and in Jamaica...more   From the bittersweet memories and yearnings of her Jamaican childhood and her convent years, through to the transforming insights of maturity, her poetic art imbues all she portrays with a wise passion, alternately serene and sorrowful...more