Lydia Kwa

born 1959 Singapore

immigrated to Canada 1980

University of Toronto, B.Sc., psychology

Queen's University, Kingston Ontario, M.A. and Ph.D., clinical psychology

a clinical psychologist in private practice in Vancouver

psychotherapy with adults using a technique called mind/body integration

"One of the themes that runs through practically every individual's struggle is that of enslavement although no one calls it that. There are those oppressive forces external to the person which act to impede his or her behaviour, but there are also choices that people make which lead them to be less free than they could be."

poetry The Colours of Heroines, Women's Press, Toronto, 1994

first novel This Place Called Absence, Turnstone Press, 2000

poetry in the anthology Swallowing Clouds

fiction in the anthology Hot and Bothered

"The Gall of the Girl" in You Be Me: Friendship in the Lives of Teen Girls Annick Press, 2002

Lydia Kwa

Lydia Kwa at Writer's Union

Lydia Kwa's This Place Called Absence

excerpt from Lydia Kwa's This Place Called Absence

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