John Pass, winner of the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, was born in 1947 in Sheffield, England and has lived in Canada since 1953. He has a BA in English from the University of British Columbia (1969) and teaches at Capilano College in Sechelt and North Vancouver. Fourteen books and chapbooks of his work have been published and his poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, and abroad. In 1988 he won the Canada Poetry Prize. He has won awards from The League of Canadian Poets, the BC Federation of Writers and the BC Arts Council, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Pass was the recipient in 2001 of the Gillian Lowndes Award. His previous books, The Hour's Acropolis and Water Stair, were short listed for The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Water Stair was also short listed for the Governor General’s Award. John Pass lives near Sakinaw Lake on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast with his wife, writer Theresa Kishkan.
Festival: 2007 (fall)