Since moving to B.C., poet, translator and literary historian E.D. Blodgett of Surrey has maintained his association with the University of Alberta Press. Inspired by Gustav Mahler's 1904 song cycle called Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children) which, in turn, incorporated five of 428 poems written by Friedrich Rckert after the death of two of his children, Blodgett's Songs for Dead Children (U. of A. 2018) offer a contemplative search through grief for some consolation of meaning. Two of Blodgett's first twenty-seven collections of poetry have won the Governor General?s Award.

E.D. Blodgett has published numerous books of poetry as well as diverse criticism and literary translations. He is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. In 1996 he won the Governor General's Award for Poetry for Apostrophes: Woman at a Piano. From 2007'2009 he was Edmonton's Poet Laureate. Blodgett lives in Surrey, British Columbia.


E.D. Blodgett, F.R.S.C. and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, taught at the University of Alberta for 34 years. Having contributed to a number of journals both here and abroad, he has also written and edited a number of books on aspects of the Canadian Literatures. He has published more than twenty books of poetry.

Apostrophes: Woman at a Piano (Ottawa: BuschekBooks, 1996) was given the Governor General's Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry. Two collections were awarded the Stephan G. Stephansson Poetry Award by the Writers Guild of Alberta. The University of Alberta Press has published various books of poetry such as Apostrophes II: through you I, Apostrophes IV: speaking you is holiness, Apostrophes VI: open the grass, An Ark of Koans, Elegy, and Apostrophes VII: Sleep, You, a Tree. Part of a series, the poems in Apostrophes VII (University of Alberta, 2011) are described as 'lyrical'.

He has also published a renga with Jacques Brault, entitled Transfiguration (BuschekBooks and Editions de Noro't, 1998), which was given the Governor General's Award for Translation. From 2007-2009 he was Edmonton's Poet Laureate.


Apostrophes VII: Sleep, You, A Tree (University of Alberta, 2011) 978-0-88864-554-8 $19.95

As If (University of Alberta Press, 2014) $19.95 978-0-88864-727-6

Songs for Dead Children (University of Alberta Press, 2018) $19.95 978-1-77212-369-2

Apostrophes VIII: Nothing is But You and I (University of Alberta Press, 2019) $19.99 978-1-77212-451-4

[BCBW 2019]