Born April 26, 1951 in Red Deer, Alberta, Christensen moved to B.C. in 1969. He received a degree in creative writing from the University of Lethbridge where he also founded the literary magazine, Canada Goose, with Lorne Daniel. He has worked at various times as a guide, ranch hand and Park Ranger. His experience working on an oil patch in Alberta inspired Rig Talk, a collection of poems. In B.C. he has worked as a Park Ranger and Christmas tree farmer. Christensen was selected by Al Purdy to be included in his anthology Storm Warns 2 (McClelland & Stewart). He has been the main organizer for the Mountain Writers Festivals, he has developed the budget and facilitation for the "Western Canadian Constitutional Conference, The Nakoda Project" held in Alberta in 1992; he organized the Headwaters conferences on culture, environment, and business; and he worked with B. C.'s Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) to assist the East Kootenay Land Use Planning Table by writing their report to the Commission on land use issues. He lives near Radium Hot Springs in southeastern British Columbia.
Winter Range. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Thistledown Press, 2001.
I Came Upon a Bear. Hobbs, New Mexico: Hawk Press, 1996.
Canyon Shadows: Animals. Radium Hot Springs, B.C.: Information Design, 1992.
Canyon Shadows: Stones. Radium Hot Springs, B.C.: Information Design, 1990.
To Die Ascending. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Thistledown Press, 1988.
Rig Talk. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Thistledown Press, 1981.
All Miracles Happen Locally. 1983.
Hail Storm. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Thistledown Press, 1977.
Winter Range (Thistledown)
A seasonal park ranger in Radium Hot Springs, veteran literary organizer Peter Christensen has traced his family and language roots back to Denmark with a new collection of lyric poetry, Winter Range, from Thistledown.
[BCBW SPRING 2001]