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Lisa Robertson

Lisa Robertson


Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet and essayist from Vancouver, who now lives in the Vienne region of France. She studied at Simon Fraser University in the 1980s, and left before finishing a degree in order to become an independent bookseller. While running her shop, Proprioception Books, she became involved in the literary and art communities in the city, as a collective member at Kootenay School of Writing, a non-profit writer-run centre, where she also taught for 10 years, as well as serving as a board member at Artspeak Gallery, whose mandate has been to exhibit contemporary artists working at the intersection of language and image. In the late 90’s, after the publication of her first two books, she began to travel and live abroad for short periods as a writer-in residence, and visiting poet, first at University of Cambridge as the Judith E. Wilson Fellow, then at University of San Diego, American University of Paris, Naropa University, University of  California Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Simon Fraser University, and in Spring 2014, Princeton University. She works as writing tutor at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, in the Master of Fine Arts Programme, and as a freelance writer in the visual arts.


Recordings made at QMUL on 25 October 2012



R’s Boat. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2009.

The Men: A Lyric Book. Toronto: Bookthug, 2006.

The Weather. Vancouver: New Star Books, 2001. [Published in the UK by Reality Street Editions.]

Debbie: An Epic. Vancouver: New Star Books, 1997. [Published in the UK by Reality Street Editions.]

XEclogue. Vancouver: Tsunami Editions, 1993. [2nd revised edition: New Star Books, 1999, 2003.]


Nilling: Prose. Toronto: Bookthug, 2012. (essays)

Revolution: An Annotated Reader, ed. (with Matthew Stadler). Portland: Publication Studio, 2012. (European Edition Castillo/Corrales, Paris)

Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture. Astoria, OR: Clearcut Press, 2003. [Canadian Editions, Coach House, 2006, 2010.] (essays)

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