Poet, novelist, and songwriter, Lea Harper is the author of two collections of poetry All That Saves Us and Shadow Crossing (Black Moss Press) and four recordings, most recently, Lake of Many Winds, a spoken word CD with soundscapes. Along with twin sister Lyn, the songwriting team Syren received both Juno and Casby nominations, winning The Canadian Reggae Award for Top Duo and Best Video at The Black Music Awards (BMAC). A past recipient of The LaPointe Prize and double-winner of The People’s Political Poem contest, Harper was also shortlisted for the international Being at Work Poetry Challenge and runner-up in the Surrey International Writers Conference Contest. Daniel Richler described her first book as "universal, transcending today's popular psychic symbols and mythologies." She currently lives on a lake in the Haliburton Highlands, writing and raising a family of dogs, horses and people.
"Harper is a perfectionist. In her talented hands poetry becomes a scalpel with which she deftly excises all the darkness, disease and decay beneath the surface of things and lays it on the lines for all of us to read. [She] can justifiably be called an original, a thing unto herself. While other books try to find and then imitate the kinds of writing currently in vogue. All That Saves Us
offers up a voice that is both timely and unique. It is the genuine article, the kind of work that must be read.”
— Ronnie R. Brown, CanadianBookseller