Carla Funk served as the City of Victoria's inaugural poet laureate from 2006-2008. She teaches in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria and received the 2012 Constance Rooke Creative Non-Fiction Prize [see below].

Carla Funk grew up in Vanderhoof, the geographical centre of B.C., originally a Mennonite settlement. "Having grown up in a world of logging trucks, storytellers, ladies' sewing circles and rural realism," according to her entry in Force Field, "she turned to poetry as a place to down the images of her upbringing."

She wrote a memoir, Every Little Scrap and Wonder: A Small-Town Childhood, in 2019, described as "part ode to youth, part love letter to rural life."

She completed her BFA in writing and her MA in English Literature at the University of Victoria. Her poems have been featured in anthologies such as Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets (Harbour, 1995), Hammer & Tongs: A Smoking Lung Anthology (2000), Introductions (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2001), Force Field: 77 Women Poets of B.C. (Mother Tongue 2013) and as part of Translink's Poetry in Transit project.


Blessing the Bones into Light (Coteau 1999)
Head Full of Sun (Nighwood 2002)
The Sewing Room (Turnstone, 2007)
Apologetic (Turnstone 2010)
Every Little Scrap and Wonder: A Small-Town Childhood (Greystone 2019) $29.95 978-1-77164-466-2

[BCBW 2019] "Poetry"