George Bowering is one of Canada’s most energetic and prolific writers, with over eighty books to his credit—not including books he’s edited or his thirty-some chapbooks. He is a respected poet, novelist, essayist, critic, teacher, historian, editor, and tireless supporter of emerging writers. He has twice won the Governor General’s Literary Award and has been shortlisted for the Griffin Prize for Poetry, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and BC’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. In November 2002 he was appointed Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate. That same month he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.