Madeline Bassnett is the author of the poetry collection Under the Gamma Camera (Gaspereau, 2019) and two chapbooks: Pilgrimage and Elegies. She is on the board of the Poetry London reading series and teaches English and Creative Writing at Western University.
"'Borderchild' responds to the works of three migration photographers. Nilüfer Demir's 2015 photograph of three-year-old Alan Kurdi was one of the first images to really bring home (for North Americans) the plight of Syrian, other Middle Eastern, and North African refugees. Demir's work also gave me a starting place to think about the vulnerability of child migrants and the ramifications for their parents, other adults, and us as viewers / readers of the migration crises. In bringing together the border zone of Syria and Turkey with that of Canada and the US (through work by Ian Willms) and Mexico and the US (through work by Richard Misrach), 'Borderchild' attempts to break down the walls that prevent us from seeing and thinking—and caring—globally."