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Crystal Hurdle

Crystal Hurdle grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, and Victoria, BC, where she obtained a BA and MA in English, as well as certification for teaching high school students and for teaching English as a Second Language. Since 1985, with her husband, she has made her home in North Vancouver, teaching Creative Writing and English at Capilano University. She weaves, quilts, practises yoga and cycles (though very slowly).

A self-confessed Plath and Hughes addict, she has developed and taught a poetry course in which their work figures prominently. Her first book of poetry, After Ted & Sylvia: Poems, was published by Ronsdale Press in the fall of 2003. As a featured/guest speaker, Hurdle read several of these poems at International Sylvia Plath Symposiums at the University of Indiana in 2002 and at the University of Oxford  in 2007.   Her poetry has been published widely in Canadian journals, including Canadian Literature, The Literary Review of Canada,  The Prairie Journal, The Dalhousie Review, and The Capilano Review, of which she was Fiction editor in the late eighties, and on whose  board of directors she currently sits.

Teacher Pets, a novel in verse for teens, has  recently been published by Tightrope Books.   It will be launched in BC on Monday Oct. 27th at 7pm at the CapilanoDisrict Library in North Vancouver.  Do come!  She is currently working on another such novel in versse..

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After Ted & Sylvia: poems. Vancouver, BC: Ronsdale Press, 2003.
Teacher's Pets: a novel in verse. Tightrope, 2014
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