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Alexandra Oliver

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Alexandra Oliver was born in Vancouver, BC. Her 2013 collection Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (Biblioasis 2013) was the recipient of the 2014 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and her most recent collection, Let the Empire Down (Biblioasis 2016), was shortlisted for the same in 2017. Her libretto for From the Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King, conceived in conjunction with composer Scott Wilson at the University of Birmingham, was performed by Continuum Music in Toronto in December, 2017. Oliver is a past co-editor of Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters  (Everyman's Library/Random House, 2015). She also co-edited with the Toronto-based formalist journal The Rotary Dial with Pino Coluccio. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.

Oliver's most recent chapbook, On the Oven Sits a Maiden, is available through Frog Hollow Press.

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Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway. Biblioasis, 2013
Where the English Housewife Shines. Tin Press London, 2007
Let the Empire Down. Biblioasis, 2016
Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Random House/Everyman, 2015
On the Oven Sits a Maiden. Frog Hollow Press, 2018


Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, 2014
Shortlisted--Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Let the Empire Down, 2017
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