Tim Lilburn was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Kill-site (2003) and Orphic Politics (2008). He won the Governor General’s Award for Kill-site. In 2007, Wilfrid Laurier University Press published a selection of his work called Desire Never Leaves: the Poetry of Tim Lilburn, edited by Alison Calder. A new poetry collection, Assiniboia, a long performable poem (two choral performances and a masque), will appear in March, 2011. This work gathers a cast of characters from the two visionary governments of Louis Riel, the Western mystical tradition and a handful of land forms with the power of speech, to form a ghostly army with anti-imperial designs.
As an essayist, Lilburn is the author of Living in the World As If It Were Home (1999) and Going Home (2008), two books that explore the philosophical, psychological and political complexities and failures of European settlement in North America. He is also the editor of and a contributor to two essay collections on poetics, Poetry and Knowing and Thinking and Singing: Poetry and the Practice of Philosophy. He taught philosophy and English literature at St. Peter’s College, University of Saskatchewan, for nearly fifteen years and now teaches writing at the University of Victoria. His work is widely anthologizing in Canada and abroad, where his poetry has been translated into French, Serbian, German, Polish and Chinese.