About Peri McQuay



  • October 25 7am, CKWS TV Interview with Bill Welychka
  • Thursday, October 27, 7:00 P.M. at Novel Idea Bookstore, Kingston, Reading and Signing
  • St. Lawrence College date TBA


Peri front cover promo shot 20150801[Peri McQuay] is a skilled writer who can apply her precise and confident prose with equal success to beauty or violence…. McQuay knows her land, knows its inhabitants, both plant and animal, like a first language.   Nicols Fox, Washington Post

There’s a magnificent tenderness in these narratives–emphatically not to be confused with sentimentality.                                                                                Toronto Globe and Mail

Author Peri McQuay broods on nature with a great love.         Diana Beresford-Kroeger,  author of The Sweetness of a Simple Life and The Global Forest

Peri McQuay - Alan Clark

Peri McQuay – Alan Clark


Peri  became committed to nature through the inspiration and teaching of her Canadian artist parents, Ken Phillips and Marie Cecilia Guard.

For thirty years Peri and her conservation educator husband Barry took joy in living, working and raising their two sons, Morgan and Jeremy, at Foley Mountain. This eight-hundred-acre conservation area of granite ridges, beaver ponds and towering pines overlooks the beautiful little village of Westport in eastern Ontario.

Currently she lives, and writes, at Singing Meadow, near the shores of Bobs Lake.

Deeply committed to nature, art, and social justice, she is the author of three published books.


The View From Foley Mountain, a book of nature meditations based on her experiences living at the park

Also Peri has written numerous essays, articles, book reviews for Country Journal, Harrowsmith, Bird Watcher’s Digest, The Snowy Egret, Seasons, The Fiddlehead, Herizons and Brick and a weekly column published in the Kingston Whig-Standard Magazine.


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