People / Daphne Marlatt

Writer, editor. Daphne Marlatt (née Buckle) was born in 1942 in Melbourne, Australia. She has an important and influential figure in the West Coast literary scene since the early 1960s. Marlatt received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 1964, where she worked as editor at TISH magazine, the avant-garde Canadian literary newsletter. She received her Master of Arts from the University of Indiana in Comparative Literature in 1968. Marlatt has published extensively in a broad range of genres, including poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. Since the early 1980s, Marlatt’s feminist concerns have dominated her writing. She co-founded the feminist journal Tessera and was as founding member of the West Coast Women and Words Society.

In addition to her highly acclaimed writing career, Marlatt has taught writing and literature at Capilano College in North Vancouver, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, the University of Manitoba, McMaster University, Mount Royal College, the University of Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and the University of Western Ontario. Her honours include the MacMillan and Brissenden for creative writing, a Canada Council award, the Vancouver Mayor‘s Arts Award for Literary Arts, and the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian literature.