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Marilyn Bowering

Photo: Xan Shian 2011

Marilyn Bowering was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Victoria, BC. She received her M.A. Degree from the University of Victoria where she studied with Robin Skelton. A novelist, poet, and playwright, her work has been published and performed internationally ( USA, Germany, Japan, Greece, Spain, UK, Finland, Australia etc.) Her first novel, To All Appearances A Lady, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1990. Her second novel, Visible Worlds (1997), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and awarded the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her most recent novel is What It Takes To Be Human. Her poetry has twice been short-listed for the Governor General’s Award: her most recent book of poetry is Green. A new book of poetry, Soul Mouth, will be available as of October 2012.  Bowering has taught fiction and poetry at the University of Victoria and at the University of Vancouver Island; and has also held a variety of short-term residencies from St. John’s to Wallawa. She’s at work on a new novel, The Story-Tellers Academy, and on an opera about Marilyn Monroe with the composer, Gavin Bryars.

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Cat’s Pilgrimage. HarperCollins Canada, 2004.
The Alchemy of Happiness. Beach Holme Publishing, 2003.
Human Bodies: New and Selected Poems 1987-1999. Beach Holme Publishing, 1999.
Visible Worlds. HarperCollins Canada, 1997.
To All Appearances A Lady. Random House Canada, 1989.
What It Takes To Be Human. Penguin Canada, 2006
Green. Exile Editions, 2007
Soul Mouth. Exile Editions, 2012


Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, 1998.
Pat Lowther Award for poetry, 1997.
Long Poem Prize, Malahat Review, 1994.
Shortlisted, Sony Award and the Prix Italia for radio drama.
National Magazine Award for Poetry, Silver, 1978, 1989.
Canada-US Fulbright Award, 2008
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