Lorna Crozier

Professor Emeritus

B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.A. (Alberta)

Web site: www.lornacrozier.ca


Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Poetry, essays, memoir. Art and the environment.


Lorna Crozier joined the faculty in 1991. Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, she taught high school for several years before attending the University of Alberta to work on an M.A. in English. She then hit the road with her companion, poet Patrick Lane, and for the next fifteen years they lived on their writing wits, serving as writers-in-residence and workshop teachers across the country. Their most recent residency was at the University of Toronto in 1989. She is an avid animal lover and gardener (she and Patrick share their yard with two fine cats).

Selected Professional & Creative Achievements

Lorna has published 14 books of poetry, the most recent being The Blue Hour of the Day: Selected Poems (2007), Apocrypha of Light (2002), What the Living Won't Let Go (1999), A Saving Grace (1996), Everything Arrives at the Light (1995) and Inventing the Hawk (1992). Her books have received the Governor-General's Award, the Canadian Authors' Association Award, two Pat Lowther Awards for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman, the Dorothy Livesay Award, and the National Magazine Awards' Gold Medal. A suite of her poems won the CBC national writing competition. She has also published nonfiction in various anthologies and has edited a collection of essays by Canadian women writers, called Desire in Seven Voices (1999). In 2009 her memoir, Small Beneath the Sky, was published by Greystone Books. One of her poetry books has been published in French and a bilingual edition of selected poems has been published in Spanish (La Perspectiva del Gato). With Patrick Lane she initiated and edited two anthologies of Canadian poets under thirty years old (Breathing Fire 1 & 2), and an anthology of essays called Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast (2001). Her poems have been translated into several languages and she has read her work from one end of the world to another, most recently in Malaysia, South Africa, and France. She has received two honourary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian literature. In 2004 she was made a Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria and in 2009 a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Selected Publications


The Blue Hour of the Day

Published by McClelland & Stewart


Apocrypha of Light

Published by McClelland & Stewart


Small Beneath the Sky

Published by Greystone Books

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