Tim Lilburn


B.A. (Regina), M.A. (Gonzaga), Ph.D. (McMaster)

Office: FIA 229

Phone: +1.250.721.7311

E-mail: tlilburn@uvic.ca

Web site: finearts.uvic.ca/timlilburn/


Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Poetry, the philosophical essay, the ecological essay.


Tim Lilburn is the author of nine books of poetry, including Kill-site, To the River, and Moosewood Sandhills, and Orphic Politics.  He has been nominated for the Governor General's Award in Literature twice: in 1989, for Tourist to Ecstasy, and in 2003, when he received the award for Kill-site. His most recent book of poetry is Assiniboia (McClelland and Stewart, 2012).

He is also the author of the essay collection Living in the World as if It Were Home (1999), a book on ecology and desire. Going Home, new essays from House of Anansi  (2008), continues to explore the preoccupations of Living in the World, tracing the nearly forgotten Western contemplative tradition from Plato through Christian monasticism, and considering the relevance of this tradition to both contemporary poetry and politics.

Lilburn is the editor of, and a contributor to, two influential essay collections on poetics, Poetry and Knowing and Thinking and Singing: Poetry and the Practice of Philosophy. Lilburn's work has been translated into French, Chinese, Serbian, German, Spanish, and Polish. It has been widely anthologized. In addition to the Governor General's Award, Lilburn's work has received the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, and the Saskatchewan Nonfiction Award. He is currently at work on new poems and essays. Tim Lilburn was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2014.

Selected Publications



Published by McClelland & Stewart


Living in the World as if it Were Home

Published by Cormorant Books


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