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Brian Brett

Photo: Michael Schoenholtz 2009

Brian Brett was born in Vancouver in 1950 and is the author of several books of fiction and poetry and is also a journalist. He lives on a farm on Salt Spring Island, where he cultivates his garden, creates ceramic forms, and writes. He has given readings, lectures, and workshops across Canada since the early 1970s. He inaugurated the B.C. Poetry-in-the-Schools program almost 40 years ago. Currently,  and participated in the Writers in Electronic Residence program for the Writers' Development Trust.

Brian Brett is a former chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, and has been a journalist for four decades. He is best known as a poet, memoir writer, and fictionist. He is the author of twelve books including the poetry collection, The Colour Of Bones In A Stream, and the novel, Coyote: A Mystery. His memoir, Uproar’s Your Only Music, was praised by Ronald Wright in the Globe and Mail’s Book Of The Year selection as “The most exciting Canadian book I’ve read all year. ” His best-seller, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, won numerous prizes, including the Writers’ Trust annual award for best Canadian non-fiction book. His new poems: To Your Scattered Bodies Go won the CBC poetry prize in 2011. A collection of poems and prose poems written in the near-arctic, The Wind River Variations, was released in the fall, 2012. He is currently completing the third of a trilogy of memoirs, Tuco And The Scattershot World: A Life With Birds.

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Allegories of Love and Disaster. Toronto: Exile Editions, 1993.
Poems: New and Selected. Victoria, BC: Sono Nis Press, 1993.
Tanganyika. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1991.
The Fungus Garden. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1991.
Evolution in Every Direction. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1987.
The Colour Bones In A Stream. Sono Nis, 1998
Coyote: A Mystery. Thistledown, 2003
Uproar's Your Only Music. Exile, 2004
Trauma Farm: A Rebel History Of Rural Life. Greystone, 2009
The Wind River Variations. Oolichan, 2012


Rogers Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Award for Trauma Farm, 2010
CBC Literary Prize (Poetry) for To Your Scattered Bodies Go, 2011
Lieutenant-Governor's Award (BC) for Artistic Achievement and Service to Culture, 2011
BC Book Prize - Bookseller's Choice for Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, 2010
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