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George Bowering, 2002-2004


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George Bowering is one of the country's most respected and beloved authors. In his remarkable career, he has written more than 60 books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, winning the Governor-General's Award twice.

Born Dec. 1. 1935, Penticton, B.C., Canada, to Ewart Bowering and Pearl Brinson Bowering.

Attended Victoria College (Victoria, B.C.), University of British  Columbia, and University of Western Ontario. M.A. from UBC in 1963.

Royal Canadian Air Force photographer, 1954-57.

Writer in Residence, Sir George Williams University, Montreal, 1967-68. Stopped PhD studies at UWO to take that position.

Teaching: University of Calgary, 1963-66; Sir George Williams University (now Concordia Univ.), 1968-71; Simon Fraser University, 1972-2001 . Short terms at various colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S., as well as Rome, Berlin and Aarhus.

Governor-General's Award for Poetry, 1969.
(Shortlist, 2000)
Governor-General's Award for Fiction, 1980.
bp Nichol Chapbook award for poetry, 1991.
bp Nichol Chapbook award for poetry, 1992.
Canadian Authors' Association Award for Poetry, 1993.

Honorary Degree (D. Litt.), University of British Columbia, 1994.

Officer of the Order of Canada, 2002.

Parliamentary Poet Laureate, 2002-

Honorary Degree (D. Litt.), University of Western Ontario, 2003.

The Parliamentary Poet Laureate - George Bowering
Photo by Janet Brooks