Karen Connelly is the author of ten books of award-winning poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Much of her work explores exile, dissident politics, human rights, and linguistic immersion, particularly in Burma, Thailand, and Greece. Her most recent collection of poetry Come Cold River is a memoir about her troubled family, as well as a moving homage to many people in Canada who are invisibilized and silenced.

She is the author of the acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage, winner of Britain’s Orange Broadband New Writers Prize; Touch the Dragon, winner of the Governor General’s Award, Burmese Lessons, a love story, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the BC National Award for Nonfiction. She has also won the Pat Lowther Award Poetry Award.

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