Daphne Marlatt

At the River’s Mouth: Writing Migrations, by Daphne Marlatt, Order of Canada recipient, is the fifth title in the lecture series. Daphne Marlatt was the 2008 Ralph Gustafson Chair of Poetry.

At the River’s Mouth: Writing Migrations won Second Prize in the Prose Non-Fiction category of the 2009 Alcuin Society Annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

“Over the past thirty-six years, the cycles in my writing trajectory have drawn me over and over again to Steveston at the mouth of the Fraser River. I have heard a call, much as wild geese are called southward or northward by changing seasonal cycles. To fly and fly, and then to land.”

Daphne Marlatt was born in 1942 in Melbourne, Austrailia and in 1951, she immigrated from Malaysia to Canada with her family. She received her B.A. at the University of British Columbia in 1964 and while there, she became an editor for TISH, a Canadian literary journal. After travelling with her husband, she settled down for awhile in Bloomington Indian, where she was awarded a Master’s of Comparitive Literature from Indiana University in 1968. With her Master‚Äôs degree in hand, she returned to and settled in B.C.

Since the 1980s, she has worked as a Writer-in-Residence at universities all across Canada, teaching creative writing, women’s studies, and contemporary literature. These universities include: University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, McMaster University, Mount Royal College, University of Victoria, and University of Western Ontario. She also mentored at Sage Hill (Saskatchewan) and the Banff Center for the Arts.

Marlatt is the found co-editor of Tessera, the bilingual journal of feminist theory, and worked also as an editor of numerous literary publications, including The Capilano Review and TISH. She also founded the West Coast Women and Words Society.

Marlatt has published fourteen books of poetry, including Stevenston, Touch to My Tongue, Salvage, and This Tremor Love Is. She also is the author of two acclaimed novels, Ana Historic and Taken, and several collections of fiction and non-fiction.

She is currently a student of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism and is living in Vancouver.



1968: Frames of a Story. Ryerson Press.
1972Vancouver Poems. Coach House Press.
1975: Our Lives. Carrboro: Truck Press.
1977: Zocalo. Coach House Press.
1977: The Story, She Said. BC Monthly.
1980: What Matters. Coach House Press.
1981: here & there. Island Writing Series.
1983: How Hug a Stone. Turnstone Press.
1974: Steveston. Ronsdale Press.
1984: Touch to My Tongue. Longspoon Press.
1988: Double Negative (with Betsy Warland). Gynergy Books/Ragweed Press.
1990: Telling It: Women and Language Across Cultures (with Betsy Warland, Lee Maracle and Sky Lee). Press Gang Publishers.
1991: Salvage. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press.
1993: Ghost Works. NeWest Press.
1994: Two Women in a Birth.  (with Betsy Warland). Guernica Editions Inc.
Ana Historic.Toronto: House of Anasi, 1997; 1st edition, Coach House Press, 1988; French edition. Trans. Lori Saint-Martin, Paul Gagna. Montreal: Remue-manage, 1992.
1996: Taken. House of Anansi Press.
1997: Readings from the Labyrinth. NeWest Press.
2001: Steveston, 3rd editionRonsdale Press.
2001: Winter/Rice/Tea Strain. Mother Tongue Press.
2001: This Tremour Love Is. Talonbooks.
2003: Seven Glass Bowls. Nomados.
2008: The Given. McClelland & Stewart.


Member of the Order of Canada, 2006.
DHumL., Doctor of Humane Letters, Mount Saint Vinvent University, 2004.
D. Litt., Doctor of Letters, University of Western Ontario, 1996.
Canada Council award
Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts