The characters in Three Songs by Hank Williams travel lonesome roads. Often packing little more than bitterness and pain, this rough-and-tumble collection of characters are all striving for peace and healing—a testament to a genuine faith in the fundamental goodness of humanity in spite of frequent wrong turns or stretches of bad luck. Wharton navigates through the geography of the prairies, the Rockies and the coast, and each story reflects a familiarity with its setting and taps into the promise that each offers.
Calvin Wharton is the Chair of Creative Writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC and was the editor of Event Magazine from 1996 to 2001. His fiction and poetry has been published in literary magazines and anthologies, and broadcast on CBC radio. He is the author of a book of poetry, Visualized Chemistry, and he co-edited the poetry anthology, East of Main, with Tom Wayman. He also wrote the book Rowing, with Silken Laumann. He lives in North Vancouver, BC.