Of Ukrainian and Irish descent, Elizabeth Bachinsky was born in Regina in 1976 and came to British Columbia in 1980. Raised in Prince George and Maple Ridge, she has an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC.

As a poetry editor of Event magazine and a letterpress apprentice with Barbarian Press, Elizabeth Bachinsky published Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood, 2006) after Sometimes Boys Go Missing and Curio: Grotesques and Satires for the Media Age (Bookthug, 2005).

Home of Sudden Service was followed by God of Missed Connections (Nightwood, 2009), a multi-faceted book that chiefly explores her Ukrainian background. No clear indication of the subject matter is made in the packaging of the book. The poems are often strikingly original, candid and also exploratory. Although married with a child, Bachinksky is unafraid to divulge her impressionable nature as a seeker of truth, rather than as a professor of truth.

Elizabeth Bachinsky has been nominated for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Award and a Governor-General's Award. After she became an instructor of creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, she became editor of the college's Event magazine in 2013.


The Hottest Summer in Recorded History (Nightwood, 2013) 978-0-88971-276-8 $18.95
I Don't Feel So Good (Book Thug, 2012) 978-1-927040-54-6 $16
God of Missed Connections (Nightwood Editions, 2009)
Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood Editions, 2006)
Curio: Grotesques & Satires From the Electronic Age (BookThug, 2005, 2009)

[BCBW 2012] "Poetry"