WORKS

POETRY

Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2004.

Water Memory. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1996.

Night Walk: Selected Poems. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Intent, or, The Weight of the World. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1989.

The Transparence of November/ Snow. with Kim Maltman. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1985.

The Whole Night, Coming Home. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1984.

A Sad Device. Dunvegan, ON: Quadrant editions, 1981.

In the Smoky Light of the Fields. Toronto: Three Trees Press, 1980.

Rain Moonbeam. Manotick, ON: Penumbra Press, 1980.

Landfall. Fredericton, NB: Fiddlehead Poetry Books , 1977.

CRITICISM

Attridge, Robert. Rev. of Intent, Or The Weight Of The World, by Roo Borson. Canadian Literature 128
(1991): 215-216.

Barron, Graham. “The Incurable Beauty of the Earth: An Interview with Roo Borson.” Essays on Canadian
Writing
55 (1995): 230-239.

Billings, Robert. “The Prose Poems of Roo Borson and Robert Priest.” Canadian Fiction Magazine 56
(1986): 63-79.

Bolger, Pat. Rev. of Intent, Or The Weight Of The World, by Roo Borson. Canadian Materials 17.4
(1989): 193.

Crawley, Devin. “When Three Writers are Better than One: Poets Pay Tribute to the Late Tang Dynasty.” Quill &
Quire
66.5 (2000): 11.

Findley, Timothy. Rev. of The Whole Night, Coming Home, by Roo Borson. Journal of Canadian Poetry
1 (1986): 10-12.

Giese, Nick. “The Perfection of Roo Borson.” Christianity and Literature 50.2 (2001): 293-303.

Hutchman, Laurence. “An Interview with Roo Borson.” River Review 2 (1996): 67-81.

“‘I Wait Until Something Demands to be Written Down’: Roo Borson’s Poetry Stems from Personal Experiences.”
Globe and Mail (Metro Edition) 6 Feb. 1989: C9.

Irie, Kevin. Rev. of Intent, Or The Weight Of The World, by Roo Borson. Quarry 38.2 (1989): 91-95.

Lilburn, Tim. “This, That and the Other Thing.” Rev. of Intent, Or The Weight Of The World, by Roo Borson.
Brick 42.3 (1992): 81-84.

MacKendrick, Louis. Rev. of Intent, Or The Weight Of The World, by Roo Borson. Journal of Canadian
Poetry
6 (1991): 21-25.

Mellor, Winifred M. “‘From the Sensory to the Cerebral’: Roo Borson’s Word-Music.” Postscript: A Journal of Graduate School Criticism and Theory 3.1 (1996): 62-80.

Merrett, Robert J. Rev. of The Transparence of November/Snow, by Roo Borson and Kim Maltman.Canadian Literature 113/114 (1987): 241-243.

“Our New Poetry Editor, a Roo with a Difference.” Canadian Author 73.1 (1997): 17.

“Poet Roo Borson: An Appreciation.” Toronto Star 17 Feb. 1985: B7.

Quinn, Mike and Tim Wilson. “We’ll Just Edit That Right Out of Here: A Chat with Roo Borson.” Interview.
Studies in Canadian Literature 17.1 (1992): 146-160.

Rev. of Intent, Or The Weight Of The World, by Roo Borson. Antigonish Review 79 (1989): 81-88.

Rev. of A Sad Device, by Roo Borson. Canadian Literature 109 (1986): 119-120.

Rev. of The Transparence of November/Snow, by Roo Borson and Kim Maltman. Books in Canada 15.6
(1986): 26.

Rev. of The Transparence of November/Snow, by Roo Borson and Kim Maltman. Poetry Canada Review
7.3 (1986): 37.

Rev. of The Transparence of November/Snow, by Roo Borson and Kim Maltman. Queens Quarterly 95.1
(1988): 224.

Rev. of The Transparence of November/Snow, by Roo Borson and Kim Maltman. University of Toronto
Quarterly
56.1 (1986): 32.

Smith, Mark. Rev. of Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, by Roo Borson. The Danforth Review June 2005.

Von Maltzahn, Nicholas. Rev. of Water Memory, by Roo Borson. Journal of Canadian Poetry 13 (1998):
39-43.

Whiteman, Bruce. Rev. of Intent, Or The Weight Of The World, by Roo Borson. Books in Canada 18.5
(1989): 22-23.

York, Lorraine M. “Home Thoughts or Abroad? A Rhetoric of Place in Modern and Postmodern Canadian Political Poetry.” Essays on Canadian Writing 51/52 (1993): 321.

DISSERTATIONS

Uppal, Priscila. “Recovering the Past Through Language and Landscape: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy.” York University, 2004.

AWARDS

1977: Macmillan Poetry Prize (U.B.C.)

1982: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Prize for Poetry

1989: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Prize for Poetry

1991: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Prize for Personal Essay

BIOGRAPHY
Roo Borson was born in California in 1952. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 1977, and has since made Canada her home. She has written seven collections of poetry, two of which were shortlisted for the Governor General's Award: The Whole Night, Coming Home (1986), and Night Walk: Selected Poems (1994). In 1990, Roo Borson, Kim Maltman and Andy Patton formed the collaborative writing group Pain Not Bread. Borson has served as the Writer in Residence at both Concordia and Western. She currently lives in Toronto.

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