lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was born in 1942 in Melbourne, Australia, and immigrated to Canada in 1951 from Malaysia. She studied writing and English at the University of British Columbia (B.A. 1964), and comparative literature at Indiana University (M.A. 1968). She is a poet, novelist, theorist, magazine editor, and itinerant university instructor. She is the founding co – editor of Tessera, the bilingual journal of feminist theory. Since the 1980s, she has served as writer – in – residence at numerous universities across Canada and mentored at Sage Hill (Saskatchewan) and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her extensive list of publications includes: The Given, (McClelland & Stewart, 2008); Seven Glass Bowls, (Nomados, 2003); This Tremour Love Is, (Talonbooks, 2001); Steveston, 3rd edition, (Ronsdale Press, 2001); Readings from the Labyrinth, (NeWest Press, 1998); and Taken, (Toronto: House of Anansi, 1996). She is a member of the Order of Canada, was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University, and a Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Ontario.