He was educated at Victoria College (Victoria, B.C.), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Western Ontario (UWO). At UBC he became part of a group of young poets that also included Frank Davey, Fred Wah, Jamie Reid, and David Dawson. Influenced by the poetics of the Black Mountain school, the 5 young poets founded the literary magazine TISH in 1961. Bowering earned an M.A. from UBC in 1963.
He taught at the University of Calgary, 1963-1966; Sir George Williams University, 1968-1971; and Simon Fraser University for 30 years, 1972-2001; as well as short terms at Rome, Berlin and Aarhus.
He founded Imago magazine in 1964, and edited it until 1974. He was also a contibuting editor to Open Letter.
Bowering is the author of more than 100 books. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University.
He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2004, and the Lieutenant-Governors Award for Literary Excellence in 2001.
- Sitting in Mexico. Calgary, AB: Beaver Kosmos, 1965.
- Baseball. Toronto: Coach House, 1967.
- George. Vancouver: Kitchener / Weed/Flower, 1970.
- Geneve. Toronto: Coach House, 1971.
- Autobiology. Vancouver: New Star, 1972.
- Curious. Toronto: Coach House, 1973.
- At War With the U.S.. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1974.
- Allophanes. Toronto: Coach House, 1976.
- Ear Reach. Vancouver: Alcuin, 1982,
- Kerrisdale Elegies: Toronto, Coach House, 1984.
- His Life: a poem. Toronto: ECW Press, 2000.
- Baseball: A poem in the magic number 9. Toronto: Coach House, 2003
- Sticks & Stones. Vancouver: Tishbooks, 1963.
- Points on the Grid. Toronto: Contact Press, 1964.
- The Man in Yellow Boots/ El hombre de las botas amarillas. Mexico, Ediciones El Corno, 1965.
- The Silver Wire. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1966.
- Rocky Mountain Foot. Toronto, McClelland & Stewart, 1969.
- The Gangs of Kosmos, Toronto, Anansi, 1969.
- Touch: selected poems 1960-1969. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1971.
- In the Flesh. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1974.
- The Catch. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1976.
- Poem & other baseballs. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1976.
- The Concrete Island. Montreal: Vehicule Press, 1977.
- Another Mouth. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1979.
- Particular Accidents: selected poems. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1981.
- West Window: selected poetry. Toronto: General, 1982.
- Smoking Mirror. Edmonton: Longspoon, 1982.
- Seventy-One Poems for People. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press, 1985.
- Delayed Mercy & other poems. Toronto: Coach House, 1986.
- Sticks & Stones. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1989.
- Urban Snow. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1992.
- George Bowering Selected: Poems 1961-1992. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1993.
- Blonds on Bikes, Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1997.
- How I Hear Howl. Montreal: Beaver Kosmos, 1967.
- Two Police Poems. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1969.
- The Sensible. Toronto: Massasauga, 1972.
- Layers 1-13. Kitchener: Weed/Flower, 1973.
- In Answer. Vancouver: William Hoffer, 1977.
- Uncle Louis. Toronto: Coach House, 1980.
- Spencer & Groulx., Vancouver: William Hoffer, 1985.
- Quarters. Prince George, BC: Gorse Press, 1991.
- Do Sink. Vancouver: Pomflit, 1992.
- Sweetly. Vancouver: Wuz, 1992.
- Blondes on Bikes. Ottawa: above/ground, 1997.
- A, You're Adorable. Ottawa: above/ground, 1998.
- 6 Little Poems in Alphabetical Order. Calgary: House Press, 2000.
- Some Writers. Calgary: House Press, 2001.
- Joining the Lost Generation. Calgary: House Press, 2002.
- The Home for Heroes. Vancouver: Prism, 1962.
- What Does Eddie Williams Want?. Montreal: CBC-TV, 1966.
- George Vancouver. Vancouver: CBC radio network, 1972.
- Sitting in Mexico. Vancouver: CBC radio network, 1973.
- Music in the Park. Vancouver: CBC radio network, 1986.
- The Great Grandchildren of Bill Bissett's Mice'. Vancouver: CBC radio network, 1989.
- Mirror on the Floor. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1967.
- A Short Sad Book. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1977.
- Burning Water, Toronto, New York: General, 1980, 1983.
- Penguin, 1994.
- Caprice. Toronto & New York: Viking / Penguin, 1987, 1988.
- 2nd edition, 1994.
- Harry's Fragments. Toronto: Coach House, 1990.
- Shoot!. Toronto: Key Porter, 1994. New York: St. Martin's, 1966.
- Parents From Space. Montreal: Roussan, 1994.
- Toronto, Scholastic, 1996.
- Piccolo Mondo. Toronto: Coach House, 1998 (collaboration).
- Diamondback Dog. Montreal: Roussan, 1998.
- Flycatcher & other stories. Ottawa: Oberon, 1974.
- Concentric Circles. Windsor, ON: Black Moss, 1977.
- Protective Footwear. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1978.
- A Place to Die. Ottawa: Oberon, 1983.
- The Rain Barrel. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1994.
- Standing on Richards. Viking Canada, 2004.
- Al Purdy. Toronto: Copp Clark, 1970.
- Three Vancouver Writers. Toronto: Open Letter/Coach House, 1979.
- A Way With Words. Ottawa: Oberon, 1982.
- The Mask in Place., Winnipeg, Turnstone Press, 1983.
- Craft Slices. Ottawa: Oberon, 1985.
- Errata. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press, 1988.
- Imaginary Hand. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1988.
- The Moustache: remembering Greg Curnoe. Toronto: Coach House, 1993.
- Cars. Toronto: Coach House, 2002.
- A Magpie Life. Toronto: Key Porter, 2001.
- Bowering's B.C.. Toronto: Viking, 1996. Toronto: Penguin, 1997.
- Egotists and Autocrats. Toronto: Viking, 1999; Toronto, Penguin, 2000.
- Stone Country. Penguin Canada, 2003.
- The 1962 Poems of R.S. Lane. Toronto: Ganglia Press, 1965.
- Vibrations: poems of youth. Toronto: Gage, 1970.
- The Story so Far. Toronto: Coach House, 1972.
- Imago Twenty. Vancouver: Talon, 1974.
- Artie Gold, Cityflowers. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1974.
- Letters from Geeksville: Letters from Red Lane, 1960-64. Prince George, BC: Caledonia Writing Series, 1976.
- Great Canadian Sports Stories. Ottawa: Oberon, 1979.
- Fiction of Contemporary Canada. Toronto: Coach House, 1980.
- Fred Wah, Loki is Buried at Smoky Creek: Selected poems. Vancouver: Talon,1981.
- David McFadden, My Body was Eaten by Dogs: Selected poems. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart; New York: CrossCountry, 1981.
- "1945-1980," in Introduction to Poetry: British, American, Canadian (by David and Lecker). Toronto: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1981.
- The Contemporary Canadian Poem Anthology. Toronto: Coach House, 1983.
- Sheila Watson and The Double Hook: the artist and her critics. Ottawa: Golden Dog Press, 1984.
- Taking the Field: the best of baseball fiction. Red Deer: Red Deer College Press, 1990.
- Likely Stories: a postmodern sampler (with Linda Hutcheon). Toronto: Coach House Press, 1992.
- BpNichol, An H in the Heart: Selected works (with Michael Ondaatje). Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1994.
- And Other Stories. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2001.
- Tish, Vancouver, 1961-63.
- Imago, Calgary, London, Montreal, Vancouver, 1964-1974.
- Beaver Kosmos Folios, Calgary, London, Montreal, Vancouver, 1966-75.
|Parliamentary Poet Laureate|
2002 - 2004
| Succeeded by|
- Roy Miki, A Record of Writing: an annotated and illustrated Bibliography of George Bowering. Vancouver, Talonbooks, 1989, 401 pp.
- "Essays on Canadian Writing, "George Bowering issue" (edited by Ken Norris), 1989, 127 pp.
- Eva-Marie Kroller, George Bowering: Bright circles of colour. Vancouver, Talonbooks, 1992, 128 pp.
- John Harris, George Bowering and His Works. Toronto, ECW Press, 1992, 62 pp.
- 71 (+) for GB (edited by Jean Baird, David McFadden, & George Stanley). Vancouver/Toronto: Coach House Books, 2005.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 George Bowering, Former Poets Laureate, Parliament of Canada. Mar. 28, 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Douglas Barbour, George Bowering, Canadian Encyclopedia, Edmonton, AB: Hurtig, 1988, I, 262. Print.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Douglas Barbour & Daniel Daird, George Bowering, Canadian Encyclopedia, February 7, 2016, Historica Canada. Web, Mar. 29, 2017.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Biography, George Bowering, Canadian Shortlist 2005, Griffin Trust. Web, Mar. 28, 2017.
- ↑ George Bowering: Publications, Canadian Poetry Online, University of Toronto Libraries, UToronto.ca, Web, July 6, 2012.
- "Short Cut"
- George Bowering b. 1936 at the Poetry Foundation
- George Bowering at Canadian Poetry Online - profile & 6 poems (Van. Can., Hillside Sun, Musing on Some Poets, Wolf Between the Trees, There is, How Odd Men Are Really)
- George Bowering at Canadian Literature
- Audio / video
- Griffin Poetry Prize reading, including video clip
- George Bowering at YouTube
- The Holy Life of the Intellect link provides transcription & audio for an essay Bowering first read on National Public Radio (NPR) "Weekend Edition" on August 19, 2007
- George Bowering at Parliament of Canada website
- George Bowering in the Canadian Encyclopedia.
- Griffin Poetry Prize biography
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