Author Tags: Poetry

Born in Malta in 1956, poet and critic Joe Ruggier immigrated to Canada in 1981 and has lived in North Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond. His 1988 book of poems The Voice of the Millions has gone into a third printing. His 24 Shakespearean sonnets, Out of Blue Nothing, has gone into a fourth printing. He has been the owner and editor of The Eclectic muse, co-published with Professor Paul Matthew St. Pierre and his contributing editor Jeffrey Woodward. Ruggier's 1985 book Intelligible Mystery is a scholarly work dealing with the poetry of Rex Hudson. His own imprint is Multicultural Books.


Out of Blue Nothing (Multicultural Books, 1985)
Intelligible Mystery (Arrowhead, 1985)
The Voice of the Millions (Pierpont, 1988)
In the Suburbs of Europe (Multicultural Books, 1991)
In the Suburbs of Europe: Perspectives on Maltese Language & Literature (Multicultural Books, 1993)
This Eternal Hubbub (Multicultural Books, 1995)
Regrets Hopes Regards & Prayers (Multicultural Books, 1996)
Lady Vancouver (Multicultural Books, 1997)
A Richer Blessing (Multicultural Books, 1999)
The Poetry of George Borg: Translated from the Maltes by Joe M. Ruggier
and George Borg (Multicultural Books, 2000)
Pope Caesar's Wake (Multicultural Books)
Collected Poems and Prose 1972-2009 (Multicultural Books 2009) 550 pages. $50 978-1-897303-07-8

[BCBW 2009] "Poetry"

A Richer Blessing (Multicultural $21.95)

Black Sheep Books’ George Koller has written the preface to A Richer Blessing (Multicultural $21.95), the latest offering of poetry and prose from Malta-born Joe Ruggier. As a self-publisher in Burnaby, Ruggier claims to be at the forefront of a ‘true rhyme-revival and a true neo-classicist revival’ and he feels his work has not received the critical credit it deserves.
Ruggier edits and manages a periodical called The Eclectic Muse and has recently discontinued his practice of selling his work from door-to-door. He has produced seven previous books, a cassette and 14 issues of Eclectic Muse. 0-9681948-4-4


Regrets hopes regards and prayers (Multicultural Books)

Regrets hopes regards and prayers (Multicultural Books) by North Vancouver's Joe M. Ruggier, publisher and editor of The Eclectic Muse magazine, is a collection of verses composed during Ruggier's youth.

[BCBW 1997]