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Winner of the 2004 Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman for Still (Black Moss Press), Betsy Struthers has published nine books of poetry and three novels; her first book of short stories, Relay: Short Fictions, was published by Black Moss Press in 2010. Since 1986, she has worked as a freelance editor of academic texts, mainly for UTP Higher Education and Broadview Press, among others.

Born in Toronto, Struthers has lived in Peterborough since 1977. Her first book, Censored Letters, was published by Mosaic Press in 1984, followed by Saying So Out Loud in 1988. A trilogy of murder mysteries, all published by Simon & Pierre/Dundurn Press–Found: A Body (nominated for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award in 1993), Grave Deeds, and A Studied Death – and two poetry collections, Running Out of Time (runner-up for the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award in 1994), and Virgin Territory, both published by Wolsak & Wynn, were published between 1992 and 1996. She co-edited (with Sarah Klassen) and contributed to Poets in the Classroom, a volume of essays by members of the League of Canadian Poets, and was elected President of the League from 1995 to 1997. Since 2000, she has published four books of poetry with Black Moss Press: Driven, Still, In Her Fifties, and Where the Night Comes Closest. Her most recent book, Relay: Short Fictions, published in spring 2010, experiments with form both in the individual line and in the overall construct of the book, pushing the line as close to prose as possible while still maintaining the cadence and lyrical voice of the poem. A series of poems, “Family Matters,” won the 2010 GritLit Poetry Prize and was published in the prize anthology. Her newest book is All That Desire: New and Selected Poems.

Struthers has read her work in reading series from coast to coast across Canada, including such festivals as the Leacock Festival in Orillia, the Sleeping Giant Literary Festival in Thunder Bay, and the Labrador Creative Arts Festival in Happy Valley/Goose Bay as well as in Brisbane, Australia and Duke Univeristy and Nag’s Head, North Carolina. Her work has appeared in 15 anthologies, most recently Pith & Wry: Canadian Poetry; In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry, and Going Top Shelf: An Anthology of Canadian Hockey Poetry. More than 100 of her poems and short fictions have been published in Canadian literary journals, from  Arc to the Windsor Review. She has taught workshops in both poetry and fiction to students of all ages from kindergarten to adults and has served as a juror on many grants and awards juries. Twice short-listed for CBC Literary Awards, she has received two Canada Council Arts Grants, several Ontario Arts Council Writers Reserve Grants, and a Department of External Affairs International Cultural Affairs Program Travel Grant. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers Union of Canada, and PEN Canada.

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