Shauna Paull represented Canada at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2006. In her poetry collection with its uncapitalized title, roughened in undercurrent, she eschews titles, capital letters, page numbers and a table of contents to lead the reader towards a consideration of wholeness.

In her second collection of poems, blue gait (Mother Tongue $19.95) due out in October, shauna paull sings the praises of a way of life that doesn't have material concerns at its core but which looks to the world as a loving place. She focuses on elders, environmentalists, daughters and lovers, and simple gifts made by hand.

Paull completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in 1999. Since then, she has led creative writing workshops at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Deer Lake Park, Burnaby and the Emily Carr Institute of Arts and Design. She also works in a variety of communities to promote women's equality in areas of labour and mobility rights, poverty alleviation and career continuity. Paull serves on various working groups and networks including CCWESTT, GASAT and GAATW-Canada with particular emphasis on advocacy for immigrant, refugee and irregular migrant workers. Locally, Paull became Health Chair for the BC NGO Steering Committee on Human Rights in Human Trafficking, and partnered with the Canadian Red Cross in presenting a public education series called Look Beneath the Surface, addressing global migration and human trafficking. She has been active in the Raise the Rates Campaign, and a community collaborator with the Economic Security Project of the CCPA/SFU Women's Studies. She led the BC Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights campaign in 2007.


roughened in undercurrent (Leaf Press 2008). $15.95 978-0-9783879-4-5

blue gait (Mother Tongue, 2021) $19.95 978-1-896949-88-8

[BCBW 2021] "Poetry"