Alexandra Oliver (Poetry) was born in Vancouver, Canada. Since emerging onto the Vancouver poetry scene in 1992 and being named the following year as one of the Top Ten Young Artists of the year by The Vancouver Sun, she has performed her poems at places as diverse as Lollapalooza, The National Poetry Slam, the CBC Radio National Poetry Face-Off, the West Chester Poetry Conference, the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, and the Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Toronto. Her work has been featured on CBC Radio and National Public Radio, as well as in the 1998 documentary Slam Nation. Her publication credits include appearances in numerous journals and publications worldwide, and her first book, Where the English Housewife Shines, was released in 2007 from Tin Press, London, UK. A second collection, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, is forthcoming from Bibioasis in 2013. She is also co-editing (with Annie Finch) an anthology of metrical poetry. Oliver has taught poetry and led workshops in high schools, colleges, libraries, cultural organizations and prisons, and was one of the Directors of the Edgewise Electrolit Centre, an organization created to promote Canadian poetry and new poets through the use of new media. Her interests include form, ekphrasis, translation, performance, and creating poetry syllabi for ESL speakers, seniors, victims of violence, and at-risk youth. Alexandra divides her time between Toronto, Canada, and Glasgow, Scotland, where she teaches poetry through the Govan and Craigton Integration Network. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Stonecoast and an M.A. in Drama/Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto.
Raisonettes (New Jerusalem Press, 1993)
Where the English Housewife Shines (Tin Press London, 2007)
Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (forthcoming from Biblioasis, autumn 2013)
Rhythms of Poetry (an anthology of poetry in meter, co-edited with Annie Finch; in progress)