Linda K. Thompson was raised on a potato and cattle farm in the Pemberton Valley and has lived for many years on Vancouver Island. Her work has been published across Canada and in the U.S. and Great Britain. She has won awards for her writing and been shortlisted at the Malahat Review and the Troubadour International Poetry Prize contest. Black Bears in the Carrot Field, (Mother Tongue) is her debut book of poetry. She lives in Port Alberni.