Harold Macy was "born on the prairie, caught between the stubble and endless sky. The mountains and the forest beckoned and he moved to the coast." He has lived in Merville, halfway up the east side of Vancouver Island B.C., for more than forty years, "a tectonic splinter off the left shoulder of a restless continent, where he is surrounded by old hippies, fundamentalist Christians, faded cowgirls, broken old loggers, gimpy rednecks and urban refugees with their new plaid shirts and attitudes---all great sources of character and story."

During that time he has worked for the BC Forest Service Research Branch, been a silviculture contractor for a local forestry company, fought wildfires, had rain in his lunch pail heli-logging up in the mid-coast inlets, and for many years was the forester at the UBC Oyster River Research Farm, where he wrote and delivered on-line and weekend courses in small scale forestry and agroforestry.

According to Merville-raised novelist Jack Hodgins, Harold Macy's first book The Four Storey Forest: As Grow the Trees, So Too The Heart (Poplar 2011) is part autobiography, part spiritual journey, part historical fiction, and part arboreal adventure... a four-pillared exploration of life as it is lived by the people and the forests of north-central Vancouver Island.

Macy's historical novel San Josef is forthcoming from Tidewater Press in 2019.

Macy studied writing with the UBC Mentorship Program, Victoria (BC) School of Writing, Sage Hills (SK) and North Island College. His work has appeared in PRISM International, Malahat Review, Orion, Eye & I, Broken City, Rhubarb and others. He was an invited author at the Fanny Bay Fat Oyster Reading Series in 2016.

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BOOKS:

The Four Storey Forest: As Grow the Trees, So Too The Heart (Poplar 2011) 978-0-9685838-0-7
Soft cover, perfect bound
Size: 6 x 9
171 pages
Cost: $20
Postage: $4 Canada; $8 USA

Poplar Publishing
2766 O'Brien Rd.
Courtenay, BC, V9N 9H9

[BCBW 2019]