[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 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 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.
- Monday, April 23, 2018: Featured Speaker at the annual fundraising dinner of the Quinte Field Naturalists
Hear my Novel Idea reading, first broadcast Friday, December 16th, on CFRC 101.9fm’s Finding a Voice http://findingavoiceoncfrcfm.wordpress.com/
Peri’s reading in celebration of Wintergreen Studios’ 10th Anniversary
Deeply committed to nature, art, and social justice, Peri 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
- A Wing in the Door: Life With a Red-tailed Hawk, the story of her adventures with a human-imprinted hawk, who lived free but saw McQuay and her family as her special people.
- Singing Meadow: The Adventure of Creating a Country Home, in which McQuay and her husband, Barry design and build a small home and discover new exciting land near Foley Mountain.
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.