"Chelene Knight has embodied the masterful skills, honed at The Writer's Studio, of capturing the essence of a writer with a profound presence of mind applying diligence and fine tuning to detail. Her generous, empathetic mentorship style supported me in approaching my manuscript with more courage and enthusiasm than I could ever have imagined."
--Wandamae Anderson, March 2015
"There is so much to say about Chelene as a writing consultant. For me the most important is she evokes intuitively the essence of your work, clearly pointing you in a meaningful direction, without trying to control it or own it herself. She is gentle and kind about your creation. She’s never didactic, yet a consultation with her leaves you so much wiser about the art of writing. From stanzas to enjambments, from word choice to ending poems, in pacing and wording phrases, she is an excellent teacher. It was happenstance that brought me to her and I will praise the fates forever more because of it. Chelene really gives your manuscript the attention required to bring it to that next step. Oh yes, she’s a fine poet of the first order!"
-- Paul Sasges, March 2015
The city, the body, the past -- and the way all the disparate elements of a life need to be taken apart and recombined in order for us to wear them -- these are the strands that Chelene Knight triumphantly weaves together in Braided Skin. These poems do not let tribulation define the journey, though it's there; but something dances and laughs its way through this book at every turn, insistently proclaiming a liquid beauty and a transformative reflection as it goes. At the close of this collection you'll find it won't really close, which is just as Knight forewarns, telling us, "In this final chapter, we leave solid ground". Enjoy the way you'll rise on these words, into a vast whorl of wisdom. "
"Braided Skin is a bold story of how skin imprisons, how “we are not the pieces of the broken things inside.” Here, the colour of your skin, the curl of your hair, are not private, but public spaces with political maps and battle grounds, where even a breath can leave a mark."
--Daniela Elza, author of the weight of dew and milk tooth bane bone.