Elizabeth Bachinsky is one of Canada’s most sought-after poets. Her first two books are Curio and Home of Sudden Service, the latter of which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for poetry and was named one of the best books of that year in The Globe and Mail. She is also the author of three other books of poetry: God of Missed Connections, I Don’t Feel So Good and The Hottest Summer in Recorded History. Poems from these collections have been nominated for numerous awards including the Pat Lowther Award, The Kobzar Award and the George Ryga Award, and have appeared in anthologies, literary journals, on stage, and on film in Canada, the U.S., France, China, Israel, England, Australia, Ireland and Lebanon.
A frequent lecturer and instructor of creative writing, she has taught at UBC, UBCO, The Summer Literary Seminars, the Sage Hill Writing Experience and other schools, and is now permanent faculty in the department of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at Douglas College. She has been a literary editor for a decade, first at PRISM international and then at EVENT magazine, and she was trained in letterpress printing by Jan and Crispin Elsted at Barbarian Press. Her next project is a chapbook of poems for Greenboathouse Press.
In addition to writing, teaching, editing and printing, she curated Blackout at the Candahar, a public art project for The Candahar, as part of Vancouver’s 2010 Cultural Olympiad, which collected and displayed redacted Olympic press material from over 400 visitors to the site. Her poem “Wolf Lake,” inspired by the poetry of Matt Rader, was adapted for Super 8 film by Michael V. Smith and is a favourite among performers of Poetry in Voice, Canada’s national poetry recitation competition for youth. In 2012, The Electric Company adapted God of Missed Connections for the stage, and she has performed solo at Trampoline Hall, The Scream in High Park, The Poetry School and hundreds of other readings and literary events across Canada, the U.S., Australia and Great Britain.
A third-generation Ukrainian-Canadian, she was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1976, and grew up in Prince George and Maple Ridge, B.C. She has lived much of her adult life in Vancouver. Bachinsky now resides in New Westminster with her husband and daughter.