Hacker Packer


Winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards
Shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

“A unique, sophisticated, and inventive debut, HACKER PACKER embodies both the contemporary and the timeless with precision and flair. Cassidy McFadzean is a masterful and unusual new voice in poetry.”
-SBA O’Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award Jury citation

“From ancient to modern — from an iPhone shot of Agamemnon’s tomb (‘swarming with Beliebers’) to Marie Antoinette — this collection travels terrain and time, exploring the strangeness of being in the world. McFadzean’s control of formal elements displays accomplished craft and a keen, intelligent eye.”
-Sask Book Award City of Regina Award Jury citation

“Cassidy McFadzean’s Hacker Packer packs a linguistic punch. In poems that are both baroque and contemporary, McFadzean demonstrates a knack for contrasting high and low culture to evoke a rich cultural ethos. Whether it’s Agamemnon’s tomb “swarming with Beliebers” or Selena Gomez lyrics dotting a poem that celebrates the night sky, Hacker Packer is guaranteed to keep readers off-balance with an irresistible mix of myth, history, and popular culture.”
-Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Jury Citation

How a Poem Moves
The Fiddlehead
Winnipeg Free Press
Arc Poetry Magazine
Publishers Weekly
Partisan Magazine
Winnipeg Review  CV2 38.2)
Broken Pencil

Plan 99 Poetry Showcase at Writersfest 2017
Quill and Quire: Sask Book Awards Winners Announced
The Leader Post: Cassidy McFadzean Plays With Language
The National Post: “A Walk on the Ruined Side: Q and A with Cassidy McFadzean.”
Arc Poetry Magazine: Up and Comers

poetry mini interviews
Open Book Toronto
League of Canadian Poets
Concrete & River
12 or 20 Questions
Interview with IFOA

CBC Finalist Q and A for Canada Writes
Radio Book Club
Queen City Improvement Bureau