Wendy Donawa was born in Victoria but spent most of her adult life (36 years) in Barbados as a college instructor and museum curator. A Canadian citizen, she returned to Victoria in 1998 where she is active in the city's poetry community while a contributing editor with Arc Poetry Magazine. She has published in Prairie Fire, Room, Freefall and The Literary Review of Canada. She has poems in various anthologies such as Walk Myself Home. Ed. Andrea Routley (Halfmoon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press, 2010) and Poems from Planet Earth. Eds. Yvonne Blomer and Cynthia Woodman Kerkham (Lantzville, BC: Leaf Press, 2013). Her chapbooks are Sliding Towards Equinox. (Edmonton, AB: Rubicon Press, 2009); Those Astonishments of Sorrow, of Joy. (Lantzville, BC: Leaf Press, 2012); The Gorge: A Cartography of Sorrows. Collaboration with book designer Terry Ann Carter (Saskatoon, SK: JackPine Press, 2016)

Education: University of the West Indies: BA, M.Phil., Dip. Ed.
University of Victoria: BFA, Dip. In Heritage Conservation, Ph.D.


Reading Canada: Teaching Canadian Fiction in Secondary Schools. With Leah C. Fowler (Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Thin Air of the Knowable (London, ON: Brick Books, 2017) Poetry

[BCBW 2017]