By Meghan Greeley
Commissioned by Rising Tide
In the years after WWI, an unlikely arts hub was forming in outport Newfoundland. Phebe Florence Miller, poet and postmistress, played host to some of the island’s greatest writers, artists, and thinkers; in her Parisian-style literary salon in Topsail, the island’s best and brightest flocked to her beloved writing room, known to its regulars as the Blue Castle. But now, in the midst of the Great Depression, the room has sat vacant for years and its most devoted visitors have seemingly gone their separate ways. That is, until a young poet named Edwin Duder suggests a reunion in this room to make a very important announcement—one that will change Phebe’s life forever and force her to choose between literary aspirations, home, and desires of the heart.