2010 / 2011  

Roo Borson

Arc’s second Poet in Residence was Roo Borson.


Roo Borson in black and white, with long hair and a black shirt

Born in Berkeley, California, Roo Borson moved to Canada to attend the University of British Columbia in the 1970s. She is the author of fifteen books of poetry and an essay collection, and she is one-third of the collaborative poetry group Pain Not Bread, along with Kim Maltman and Andy Patton. With Kim Maltman, she has published translations and a book of prose poems under the collaborative pen name Baziju. Borson’s poetry has won the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. Early inspirations include listening to short poems by Shakespeare and Wordsworth recited by heart by her father. She continues to be inspired by whatever shows the world to be larger than it seemed the moment before: travel, daily life, and reading books from around the world. [from the Poetry in Voice website]

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