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Roo Borson

Roo Borson

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Roo Borson is a poet and essayist. Her books include the collaborative works Introduction to the Introduction to Wang Wei by Pain Not Bread (Roo Borson, Kim Maltman, and Andy Patton) published by Brick Books, and Box Kite: Prose Poems by Baziju (Roo Borson and Kim Maltman) published by House of Anansi Press. Her most recent solo work is a triptych of poetry books linked through imagery and formal variation: Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, followed by Rain; road; an open boat, followed by Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar, published by McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House. She has served as Writer in Residence at Western University, Concordia University, Massey College at the University of Toronto, Green College at the University of British Columbia, and at the University of Guelph, and has given workshops across North America and readings in several countries. Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Governor General's Award, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, and lives in Toronto with poet and theoretical physicist Kim Maltman. Their combined literary archives are held, alongside the archives of Pain Not Bread, at Library and Archives Canada.

 

City:
Toronto
Province:
Ontario

Publications

Water Memory. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1996
Night Walk: Selected Poems. Toronto: Oxford UP, 1994
The Transparence of November/Snow. co-author Kim Maltman. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1985
Introduction to the Introduction to Wang Wei. co-authors Kim Maltman and Andy Patton, Brick Books, 2000
Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida. McClelland & Stewart, 2004
Landfall. Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1977
In the Smoky Light of the Fields. Three Trees Press, 1980
Rain. Penumbra Press, 1980
A Sad Device. Quadrant Editions, 1981
The Whole Night, Coming Home. McClelland & Stewart, 1984
Intent, Or the Weight of the World. McClelland & Stewart, 1989
Night Walk (chapbook). Missing Link, 1981
Rain; road; an open boat. McClelland and Stewart, 2012
Personal History. Pedlar Press, 2008
Box Kite: Prose Poems by Baziju (Roo Borson and Kim Maltman). House of Anansi Press, 2016
Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar. McClelland and Steward, 2017

Awards

Shortlisted, Governor General's Award for Poetry for Night Walk: Selected Poems, 1994; The Whole Night, Coming Home, 1984
Malahat Long Poem Prize, 1993
Winner, CBC Literary Competition for Poetry, 1982 and 1989
Winner, CBC Literary Competition for Personal Essay, 1991
Governor General's Award for Poetry for Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, 2004
Pat Lowther Memorial Poetry Prize for Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, 2005
Griffin Poetry Prize for Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, 2005

WITS

Presentation Length:
40 - 80 minutes
Genre:
Poetry, Essays (creative non-fiction)
Grades:
9-12
Audience Size:
variable