News and Events

Hologram: Homage to P.K. Page (ed. Yvonne Blomer, Caitlin Press, 2023) (Poet’s Cat and A Puff of Smoke)–4 pages.

The Ruth and David Lampe Poetry Competition and Award 2023 in memory of Gwendolyn MacEwen, an Exile Quarterly Competition: “This Was Dark” – Marilyn Bowering: poems forthcoming in Exile 46.2

Grain, Summer 2023, Vol. 50.4. Three poems (4 pgs.).

Marilyn Forever (Opera–Gavin Bryars) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow: Oct. 29, 31, Nov. 2, 4, 2022.

Poems in Response to Peril, ed Penn Kemp and Richard-Yves Sitoski., Pendas Productions/Laughing Raven Press. “Mariupol Water”, 1 pg. Spring 2022.

Prairie Fire: Review of What Is Long Past Occurs in Full Light. February 2022

Storm Brain: The Hippocrates Book Of The Brain, edited by Wendy French, Michael Hulse and Donald Singer, The Hippocrates Press £12 ISBN 978-1- 9163981-1- 5  December 2021 6 pgs

The Malahat Review #215, Summer 2021, Book Review Essay of Cookshaw and Wynand, pg 97-102

Fata Morgana, UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition catalogue 2021. Belkin Art Gallery, UBC.  Introductory essay, “Skin to Skin” on Xan Shian, pg 20-22

Prairie Fire: “Out of the Shadows”, essay, pg. 5-24, Vol. 41 No.4, January 2021

Marilyn Forever (Opera–Gavin Bryars) Conductor: Stefan Neubert, Feb 8- March 20 2020 | Saarbrücken (Germany), Alte Feuerwache —

Green Matters: Ecocultural Functions of Literature,  ed. Maria Loschnig and Melanie Braunecker. Brill Rodopi (Leiden, Boston, Nov 28 2019), Chapt 13: ‘When we walked on the backs of fish’: A Writer’s Environmental Path in the Creation of Multi-dimensional
Narratives, pg 234-249. 

Event Magazine, three poems, 2019

The Dalhousie Review: three poems, 99.1 Spring  2019

Best Canadian Poetry, 2019, edited by Rob Taylor (Biblioasis)

Elf Mountain Literary Festival July 11-14:  Writer in Residence

What Is Long Past Occurs in Full Light, MotherTongue Publishing, August 2019.    
Beautiful meditations on absences and cultural memories 978-1-89694972-7 | 120

 Poem in Your Pocket Day 2019

The Exile Quarterly, five poems,  Vol 42. No. 4 2019.

Prairie Fire, three poems,  Vol. 40 No. 3, 2019.

Oxford Contemporary Music Society, production of the opera, Marilyn Forever (composer Gavin Bryars) May 22, 24, 25 2019.

Grain Magazine, five poems, Issue 46.3, Spring, 2019.

The New Quarterly, Issue 149, two poems, Winter 2019;  also “Continuity” in Genre/Online Exclusives.

The Puritan, Issue 43: Fall 2018, “The Biscuit Factory”,

Biscuit FactoryThe Biscuit Factory

‘Zarubezhnye zapiski’ magazine #38-2018, ten poems from The Sunday Before Winter, published in Russian by the ‘XXI-st Century Writers’ Union’

Poems for the Planet, Reading, Victoria, April 22 2018.

WordThaw Festival, Panelist for “Islands”, Victoria, March 17  2018.

Gabriola Literary Festival, reading, Feb 24/25 2018

Essay, “When We Walked on the Backs of Fish”, forthcoming in Green Matters: Reading Literature as Cultural Ecology., eds. Maria Loschnigg and Melanie Braunecker. Leiden and Boston: Brill 2018/19. (Brill Book Series:
Nature, Culture & Literature.)

Marilyn Forever (Gavin Bryars and Marilyn Bowering), at Vienna Volksopera, April 2018. Premiere: 14. 4. 2018. Tickets:

Juror for Quebec Writer’s Federation Concordia University First Book Prize, November 21, 2017.

Reading for The Malahat Review 50th Anniversary at Munro’s Books, November 8th, 2017

Poem, ‘Soul Leading’The Malahat Review, #200 Autumn 2017, pg.28-29.

Workshop: Beyond Helplessness: Writing and the Natural World, for GOOD: October 17, 2017

Anthology: The Hippocrates Book of the Heart, edited by Wendy French, Michael Hulse and Donald Singer ISBN 978-0-9935911-1-2, September 2017, the poem “Happiness”.

“When We Walked on the Backs of Fish”, keynote address to conference on Literature and the Environment, the University of Graz, Austria, 8-10 June, 2017. Reading, as well, at the Graz Centre for Canadian Studies.

Anthology: The Heart is Improvisational, An Anthology in Poetic Form, ed. By Carol Lipszyc, Guernica Editions, 2017, pg.21

Reading for In fine Form (2nd edition) November 11th, 2016

Reading for VIU, Duncan, November 7th, 2016

Essay in Measures of Astonishment, poets on Poetry, U. of Regina Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-88977-371-4

Spring 2016 NLQ No. 138, Five Poems plus Afterword from “Woof at the Door, Woof”

Ken Laidlaw sketch

December 2015 Cascadia Review ( Three Poems


August 17-23 2015 Moniack Mhor, Scotland, fiction tutor, with Stephen May

MB and Stephen May Moniack Mhor 2015

March 21, 29 Long Beach Opera Production of Marilyn Forever (libretto by Marilyn Bowering; music by Gavin Bryars)

February 27, 28, March 1: Adelaide Festival, production of Marilyn Forever (libretto by Marilyn Bowering; music by Gavin Bryars). See Review in ‘Collaborations’

Included in KWE: Standing With Our Sisters (anthology) edited by Joseph Boyden, supporting Amnesty International’s No More Stolen Sisters (Penguin Canada, Toronto) 2014

Included in Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2014, edited by Sonnet L’Abbe (Tightrope Books, 2014)

“On the Writers’ Blog Tour”, June, 2014

Exile: The Literary Quarterly Volume 37 No 3 pg 43-64

Included in I Found It at the Movies, an anthology of Film Poems, edited by Ruth Roach Pierson (Guernica Eidtions), 2014

Galiano Literary Festival, February 21-23, 2014

Planet Earth reading (Victoria BC) November 8th, 2013

“Marilyn Forever”, a Marilyn Monroe chamber opera with music by Gavin Bryars, libretto by Marilyn Bowering. September 13, 14,  2013 (MacPherson Playhouse, Victoria, B.C)

Terrace BC Library, reading July 29, 2013

Threshold (suite of poems) co-winner of Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize, June 2013
Ambitious as John Berryman’s Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, “Threshold” unfolds with a quite opposite aesthetic: its words are as plain, bare and pregnant as the stones of a ruined croft.  Vivid and particular in her own time and place, a silenced, exiled Hebridean poet speaks across three centuries to a world where everything has changed except the human dilemma of daring to think for oneself.

Tutor at Moniack Mhor for the Arvon Foundation, June 2013

Soul Mouth short-listed for the Pat Lowther Poetry Award, April 2013

Three poems in Force Field, an anthology of poetry by BC Women, edited by Susan Musgrave, Mother Tongue Publishing Ltd, 2013; April 28th launch at Planet Earth Poetry

Malahat Review Reading, University of Victoria, March 23rd  2013

Publication in Geist Magazine, poem “Hotel,” Spring 2013

Inhabiting Women’s Spaces, reading at the Vancouver Public Library March 8th, 2013

Saskatchewan Book Awards (Regina) Jury, January 2013

Music video of ‘True Love’ (music by Eivør, lyrics by Marilyn Bowering) a film by directed by Heiðrik á Heygum

Publication of Soul Mouth, Exile Editions, Fall 2012

Workshop for Quebec Writers’ Association, October 24th

Atwater Library Reading (October 25th, Montreal)

The Antigonish Review, Fall 2012 Issue 171—three poems, 3 pages

Spring 2012 The Exile Quarterly Vol 35. No 3: The God Poems, (with Leon Rooke.)  Word and Art: commentary by Marilyn and Leon; photos by Xan Shian pg 40-54

Prairie fire:  Judges  notes re winters of fiction writing contest (Vol 33. No 2. Summer 2012 pg 4-6)

Reading for the Tree Series, Ottawa. February 14, 2012

Winter 2012 The New Quarterly, Issue 121:  Five poems and an interview with John Vardon (11 pages interview and poetry)

Di Versos 16, Novos Poetas Do Canada (traduzidos por Paulo Da Costa) Two Poems

Translit Volume 9 ed Yukari Meldrum, (traduziods por Paulo Da Costa) Two Poems

Gutter, Autumn 2012: Two Poems

Listen to ‘My true lover is with me‘, lyrics by Marilyn Bowering, music by Eivor

Nomination for National Magazine Award for Poetry, 2012 from Grain (38.3)

The Warwick Review Vol. 5 No. 4 Three Poems. Cover photo by Xan Shian

Spring 2012 The Exile Quarterly Vol 35. No 3: The God Poems, with Leon Rooke.  Word and Art: commentary by Marilyn; photos by Xan Shian

Winter 2012 The New Quarterly, Issue 121:  Five poems and an interview with John Vardon

February 14, 2012 Reading for the Tree Series, Ottawa

November 12, 201Reading for the PK Page Trust (League of Canadian Poets), Open Space, Victoria

August 8th-13th, 2011 Fiction Tutor for the Arvon Foundation at Moniack Mhor, Scotland

April 29-30, 2011  Readings in Haida Gwaii

March 9, 2011  Clemente Seminar, Nanaimo, B.C.

January 19th, 2011  Reader’s Choice Book Club, Victoria

September 30th, 2010  Reader for Present/Tense, Romp Dance Festival Suddenly Dance Company

August 4th, 2010 Opera Roundtable with Bill Linwood and Gavin Bryars for The Metchosin Arts Council

June 6-13th Banff Centre Opera Workshop: Opera in Progress, “Anyone Can See I Love You”.
Libretto by Marilyn Bowering; Music by Gavin Bryars

March 19th, 2010 Reading for University of Manitoba, Winnipeg;
Lecture under the auspices of Prairie Fire Magazine, at University of Winnipeg

March 10th, 2010 Bookstore reading, MacNally Robinson
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