"We're not exactly scene-stealers, so you don't hear much from us shy folk-and that's usually how we like it." -Elizabeth Zotova, "My Dear X" The pages of this anthology are filled with personal essays and poems of thoughtful musings, raw memories, and humorous self-examinations by authors and poets who have been labelled by the world-teachers, parents, and peers-as shy. Here, they proudly own up to their shyness, and their message is clear: they don't need to be "cured"! Why should they, when nearly half of North Americans consider themselves shy? Editors Naomi K. Lewis and Rona Altrows have enlisted writers from across the continent and have created a moving anthology that will appeal to all, either because we are shy or because we know someone who is. Contributors: Rona Altrows, Debbie Bateman, Wade Bell, Alex Boyd, Janis Butler Holm, Brian Campbell, Weyman Chan, Lorna Crozier, Mike Duggan, Ben Gelinas, Elizabeth Greene, Vivian Hansen, Elizabeth Haynes, Steven Heighton, Jennifer Houle, I.B. Iskov, Eve S. Krakow, Shawna Lemay, Naomi K. Lewis, Shirley Limbert, Carol L. MacKay, Micheline Maylor, Don McKay, Stuart Ian McKay, Bruce Meyer, Jeff Miller, Dhana Musil, Lori D. Roadhouse, Kerry Ryan, Sydney Sharpe, Natalie Simpson, Sylvia Stopforth, David Van Buren, Aritha van Herk, Russell Wangersky, Cassy Welburn, Madelaine Wong, Elaine Woo, and Elizabeth Zotova.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright Page 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Foreword | Lewis & Altrows 12
Acknowledgements 14
Sometimes a Voice (2) | D. McKay 18
Silentium | Heighton 19
On Shyness and Stuttering | Haynes 20
The Shy | Van Buren 28
I Couldn't Reveal | Woo 29
Say Water | Lewis 30
affect Thrum | Simpson 44
that animal | Chan 45
Creepmouse Manifesto | Stopforth 46
Fisher Woman | Hansen 52
The Culture of Shyness | Boyd 53
Under the I | Musil 54
High School Shyku | Roadhouse 59
Young Expressions | Krakow 60
My Dear X | Zotova 73
Change Room | Meyer 76
Cloak of Invisibility | Wong 77
Shy and I | Sharpe 82
Shades and Shyness | van Herk 84
Secret Self | Greene 92
Disturbing the Universe | Greene 93
On Mingling | Houle 95
Good for Olivier | Altrows 97
Insecurity | Maylor 102
How to be shy | Ryan 103
Shybrightly | Lemay 108
Stage Fright | Welburn 115
As I Stand Up Here Reading, Fear Holds My Hand | C. MacKay 117
Are You an Introvert? Take This Simple Quiz | Holm 118
a more blissful orbit | S. McKay 120
Women Friends | Campbell 121
Shy - 10 Ways | Wangersky 123
Drunk Judgement | Heighton 136
When Love Was Grey & Timid | Iskov 137
Redder Than a Canadian Sunset | Limbert 138
Laundry Duty | Duggan 144
to the red-haired girl on eighth | Chan 145
Common Loon | Miller 147
Crosswalk | Houle 155
Watching My Lover | Crozier 156
Other People's Agony | Gelinas 158
It's Okay that Late at Night | Bell 168
Amongst the Unseen and Unheard | Bateman 170
Contributors 180
Permissions 188
Other Titles from University of Alberta Press 193