Former Poets Laureate
George Bowering, 2002-2004
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.
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.
Photo by Janet Brooks