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George McWhirter

George McWhirter

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George McWhirter was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1939 and came to Canada via Spain in 1966. He taught high school in Port Alberni before going to UBC in 1968. He retired from the Creative Writing Department as a Professor Emeritus in 2005 to write and translate full-time. He translates from Spanish and has had a long association with Mexican poets José Emilio Pacheco, Homero Aridjis and Gabriel Zaid. In March 2007, he was named Vancouver's inaugural Poet Laureate for two years. He is married to Angela Mairead Coid and has two children. Full details of bio, publications & productions are on his website.


Where Words Like Monarchs Fly. editor and trans. Vancouver: Anvil Press, 1998.
Incubus: the Dark Side of the Light. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1997.
A Staircase For All Souls. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan Books, 1996.
Musical Dogs. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1996.
The Listeners. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1991.
The Book of Contradictions. Oolichan Books, 2002
Eyes To See Otherwise/Ojos de otro mirar: Selected Poems of Homero Aridjis, principal translator & co-editor. Carcanet U.K/.New Directions U.S., 2002
The Incorrection. Oolichan Books, 2007
HECUBA by Euripides, Version. Produced by Blackbird Theatre, Van East Cultural Centre, 29/12/07-12/01/08
The Anachronicles. Ronsdale Press, 2008
A Verse Map of Vancouver, Editor & contributor. Anvil Press, 2009
Solar Poems by Homero Aridjis, translator. City Lights, 2010
Tiempo de ángeles / A TIME OF ANGELS by Homero Aridjis. Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico City & City Lights, San Francisco, 2012
The Gift of Women. Exile Editions, 2014


League of Canadian Poets Canadian Chapbook Prize for Ovid in Saskatchewan, 1998.
LCP F.R. Scott Prize for Translation, 1988.
B.C. Book Awards, Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction, 1988.
Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Commonwealth Institute, 1972.
Macmillan Prize for Poetry, University of British Columbia, 1969.
Killam Award for Mentoring, 2004
Sam Black Award for Creative & Performing Arts, 2005
Lifetime Member, League of Canadian Poets, 2005
City of Vancouver's Inaugural Poet Laureate, 2007
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