Elise Partridge died of cancer at age 56 on January 31, 2015, prior to the release of her third collection of poetry, The Exiles' Gallery (Anansi 2015), which contains work pertaining to her fatal illness. Having been raised in Pennsylvania and having studied at Harvard (where she was taught by Robert Lowell), University of Cambridge and Boston University, she came to Vancouver in 1992 and was shortlisted ten years later for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award with her first poetry collection, Fielder's Choice. Her second book, Chameleon Hours, in 2008, made her a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and winner of the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. It contains poems that refer to her cancer diagnosis. Partridge also published in The New Yorker, Slate, The Walrus, Poetry and The New Republic. Her husband, Stephen Partridge, teaches medieval literature at UBC.


Fielder's Choice (Véhicule, 2002)

Chameleon Hours (Anansi, 2008) $18.95 978-0-88784-760-8

The Exiles' Gallery (Anansi 2015)

[BCBW 2015]