Ken Howe is the author of two previous collections:Household Hints for the End of Time and Cruise Control: A Theogony. The first received the John V. Hicks Manuscript Award and the Saskatchewan Book Award for poetry, and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book in Canada. The second moved the Globe and Mail to hail him as “a genius at this genus, a di jester of congestion and conjectural compression…” Griffin Poetry Award–judge Tim Lilburn described it as “funny, liturgical, elegiac,” while Toronto poet laureate Giorgio di Ciccio declared it his favourite book of 2002. He has twice been nominated for a National Magazine Award, received the Regina Writing Hollinger Poetry Awards, and was selected to judge the Archibald Lampman Award for best book of poetry written in the Ottawa region. His latest book, The Civic-mindedness of Trees, will be released in April 2013.