We are delighted to welcome Marilyn Bowering as EMLF’s 2019 writer-in residence. Marilyn offers one-on-one critiques of pre-submitted material on July 12 and 13. Click here for more information on Marilyn Bowering and the Holley Rubinsky Memorial Blue Pencil Sessions.

Marilyn Bowering is an award-winning writer whose first novel, To All Appearances A Lady, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1990. Her second novel, Visible Worlds (1997) was short-listed for the prestigious Orange Prize, nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and awarded the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.  Visible Worlds was praised by The Independent as “a tour de force … a wonderful piece of storytelling” and by The New York Times Book Review as “a vast, sprawling feast of a book.” Marilyn Bowering’s third novel, Cat’s Pilgrimage is a psychological map in the form of an album of human and animal stories, a “rich act of the imagination that alternately dazzles, puzzles and thrills.” (Ottawa Citizen). Her most recent novel What it Takes to Be Human is also a map—of survival in a world where human qualities are increasingly under threat.  The Globe and Mail called it “a great novel… [Bowering] does not seek moments to be brilliant: those moments just arrive.” Bowering’s poetry includes Human Bodies: Collected Poems 1987-1999, Green, an interplay of form and conversations, and a book of story and memoir poems, Soul Mouth.   Her poetry has received many awards including the Gwen MacEwen Poetry prize, Pat Lowther Prize, the Dorothy Livesay Prize, several National Magazine Awards, nominations for the Governor General’s award, the Prix Italia and Sony Award.  Bowering’s work has been translated into a number of languages including Spanish, Finnish, German and Greek and Punjabi. Marilyn Bowering makes her home on Vancouver Island.


Threshold (Leaf Press 2015) With photos by Xan Shian $20 978-1-926655-88-8
Soul Mouth (Exile Editions 2013)
Green, Exile Editions, 2007
What It Takes to Be Human, Penguin, 2006
Cat’s Pilgrimage, Harpercollins, 2004
The Alchemy of Happiness, BeachHolme, 2003
Human Bodies, BeachHolme, 1999
Visible Worlds, HarperCollins, 1997
Autobiography, BeachHolme, 1996
Love As It Is, BeachHolme, 1993
Calling All the World, BeachHolme, 1989
To All Appearances A Lady, Random House, 1989
Anyone Can See I Love You, Porcupine’s Quill, 1987
Grandfather Was A Soldier, Press Porcepic, 1987
The Sunday Before Winter, General Publishing, 1984
Giving Back Diamonds, Press Porcepic, 1982
Sleeping With Lambs, Press Porcepic, 1980
The Visitors Have All Returned, Press Porcepic, 1979
Many Voices, edited with D. Day, J.J. Douglas, 1977
The Killing Room, Sono Nis Press, 1977
One Who Became Lost, Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1976
The Liberation Of Newfoundland, Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1973


Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, 1998 (Visible Worlds).
Pat Lowther Award for poetry, 1997 (Autobiography, long poems)
Malahat Review, Long Poem Prize, 1994
Earth Peace International Film Festival, Heart of the Festival Award, UNICEF Award for Animation (with Ishu Patel), 1994
National Magazine Award for Poetry, 1978, 1989

Thanks to ABC Bookworld for this bibliography.

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