The thirty-four polygamous wives of Joseph Smith, founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, provide the fictitious, poetic monologues for Marita Dachsel's Glossolalia (Anvil $18), an exploration of mid-century Mormon America by a self-described agnostic feminist. Smith was assassinated when he ran for the presidency of the U.S. in 1844. Dachsel includes an appendix listing the 34 wives, their ages and marriage dates. 978-1-927380-40-6
DATE OF BIRTH: October 1, 1974
PLACE OF BIRTH: Williams Lake, BC
BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: Marita Dachsel was born and raised in Williams Lake, BC, and has lived in Kamloops, Dawson City, Auckland and Montpellier, France. She has an MFA in creative writing from UBC and has been published widely in Canadian literary journals. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband, playwright Kevin Kerr, and their son.
All Things Said & Done (Caitlin Press, 2007)
Eliza Roxcy Snow (rednettle 2009) chapbook
Glossolalia (Anvil 2013) poetry