Hacker Packer is the winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards, and 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.”
-Sask Book Award 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