Canadian Female Poets

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Margaret Atwood
(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic & Environmental Activist)
Margaret Atwood
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Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her works encompass themes, such as religion and myth, climate change, and gender and identity. An award-winning writer, many of Atwood's works have been made into films and television series; her work, The Handmaid's Tale, has had several adaptations. Perhaps, Margaret Atwood's most important contribution is her invention of the LongPen device.

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Anne Carson
(Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic)
Anne Carson
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Birthdate: June 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

Born to a banker in Toronto, Anne Carson grew up to study Classics and later taught at institutes such as Princeton University. Her signature style consists of a mix of prose and poetry. One of her notable works, Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse, was inspired by Greek mythology.

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Rupi Kaur
(Canadian Poet, Illustrator, Photographer, and Author)
Rupi Kaur
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Birthdate: October 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Punjab, India

Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet, photographer, illustrator, and author. Born in India, she moved to Canada at an early age. She began performing in 2009 and gained international fame through her Instagram posts. She often explores her South Asian identity and femininity in her work. Her latest poetry collection, Home Body, released in 2020, was a resounding success. 

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Elisabeth Brooks
(Actress, Singer)
Elisabeth Brooks
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Birthdate: July 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 7, 1997
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Susanna Moodie
(British-Born Canadian Author Who Wrote About Her Experiences as a Settler in Canada)
Susanna Moodie
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Birthdate: December 6, 1803
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bungay, England
Died: April 8, 1885

English-Canadian writer Susanna Moodie is best known for her realistic depictions of her life in “the bush” or the wilderness of Canada, which was a British colony back in her time. Her most popular work remains Roughing it in the Bush. She had initially also penned several children’s stories.

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Carol Shields
(Novelist)
Carol Shields
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Birthdate: June 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: July 16, 2003
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Canadian novelist Carol Shields was known for capturing and highlighting domesticity in her writings. Most of her writings centred around the lives of women, the genesis of art, notions of gender, etc. Her seventh novel, The Stone Diaries, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction (1995), and was shortlisted for a Booker Prize.
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Lisa Robertson
(Canadian Poet, Essayist and Translator)
Lisa Robertson
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Birthdate: July 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet, freelance writer, and teacher. She studied at Simon Fraser University and once ran an independent bookstore. She explores different literary forms in her work. Her book of poetry, Debbie: An Epic (1997), was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. She has taught at the California College of Art and the University of Cambridge.

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Heather O'Neill
(Novelist, Poet)
Heather O'Neill
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Birthdate: October 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Dionne Brand
(Poet, Novelist)
Dionne Brand
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Birthdate: January 7, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guayaguayare, Trinidad and Tobago
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Marie-Claire Blais
(Canadian Writer, Novelist, Poet, and Playwright)
Marie-Claire Blais
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Birthdate: October 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada
Died: November 30, 2021

Marie-Claire Blais is a French Canadian writer, poet, and playwright. Born into a blue-collar family, she was unable to pursue full-time education. However, she did attend a few classes at Université Laval and began her literary career at the age of 20. She eventually became a successful author with numerous novels, plays, and poetry collections to her name. 

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Anne Michaels
(Canadian Poet Known for the Beauty and Precision of Her Language and the Depth of Her Philosophical Themes)
Anne Michaels
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Birthdate: April 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Anne Michaels is a Canadian novelist and poet whose works have been published in over 45 countries. Her novels, such as Fugitive Pieces, have also been adapted into films. Michaels, who served as the poet laureate of Toronto from 2016 to 2019, has received several awards like the Orange Prize, the Lannan Award for Fiction, and the Guardian Fiction Prize.

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Joy Kogawa
(Poet, Novelist)
Joy Kogawa
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Birthdate: June 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Billene Seyoum Woldeyes
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Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Anne Hébert
(Canadian Author and Poet)
Anne Hébert
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Birthdate: August 1, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sainte-Catherine de Fossanbault, Canada
Died: January 22, 2000

Anne Hébert was a French Canadian poet and author who won the Governor General's Award, which is regarded as Canada's top literary honor, on three occasions. During her career, she also won other prestigious awards like the Molson Prize and the Ludger-Duvernay Prize. Hébert's works have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, English, and German.

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Susan Musgrave
(Canadian Poet, Novelist, and Children’s Writer)
Susan Musgrave
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Birthdate: March 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Cruz, California, United States

Susan Musgrave is a Canadian poet and writer of children’s literature. She started writing as a child and published her first work when she was 16. She has authored several collections of poems, fiction, and children’s literature. Besides writing, she teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She was married to  Stephen Reid, a writer and convicted criminal. 

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Annie Louisa Walker
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Annie Louisa Walker was an English and Canadian teacher and author. Born in England, she moved to Canada as a young girl. She ran a school with her sisters and also embarked on a literary career. With the help of her second cousin, prominent writer Margaret Oliphant, she was able to build a successful career as a novelist. 

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Dorothy Livesay
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Birthdate: October 12, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: December 29, 1996

Dorothy Livesay was a Canadian poet whose works earned her the prestigious Governor General's Award on two occasions. During the 1970s and 1980s, she was referred to as the senior woman writer in Canada, an honorable status in Canada. During her career, Livesay won several awards, including the Lorne Pierce Medal, the Queen's Canada Medal, and the Persons Case Award.

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Nicole Brossard
(Poet, Novelist)
Nicole Brossard
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Birthdate: November 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Parween Pazhwak
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Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Parween Pazhwak is an Afghan artist, poet, and writer. Pazhwak moved to Canada seeking asylum after the Soviet-Afghan War which resulted in the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. After moving to Canada, Pazhwak has produced many works of literature, including short stories and modern Persian poetry.

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Margaret Avison
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Birthdate: April 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cambridge, Canada
Died: July 31, 2007

Margaret Avison was a Canadian poet whose works earned her two Governor General's Awards as well as the Griffin Poetry Prize. Regarded as a spiritual poet, Avison's works were compared to the works of the best-known metaphysical poets of the 17th century. In addition to being a poet, Avison also served as the University of Western Ontario's writer-in-residence in 1973. 

Isabella Valancy Crawford
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Birthdate: September 25, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 12, 1887

Isabella Valancy Crawford was a Canadian poet and writer. The author of Malcolm's Katie, a popular poem held in high regard in the history of Canadian poetry, Crawford is widely regarded as Canada's first major poet. She made a living using her skills as a freelance writer, one of the first Canadians to do so.

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Jay Macpherson
(Canadian Lyric Poet)
Jay Macpherson
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Birthdate: June 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 21, 2012

Jay Macpherson was a Canadian scholar and lyric poet who belonged to the mythopoeic school of poetry, expressing serious philosophical and religious themes in symbolic verse that was comic or lyrical in nature. In 1957, she received the President's Medal from the University of Western Ontario and the Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. In 1958, she received the Governor General's Award.  

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Ketty Nivyabandi
(Burundian Human Rights Activist and Poet)
Ketty Nivyabandi
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Birthdate: July 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burundi

Ketty Nivyabandi is a Burundian human rights activist and poet. Her French-language poetry has been featured in popular magazines like Words Without Borders and World Literature Today. Ketty Nivyabandi voiced her opinion during Burundi's constitutional crisis in 2015. She also led her country's first women-only protest.

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Canisia Lubrin
(Poet known for first collection of poetry Voodoo Hypothesis, second collection of poetry The Dyzgraphxst)
Canisia Lubrin
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Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Saint Lucia
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Susan Goyette
(Canadian Poet and Novelist)
Susan Goyette
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Birthdate: April 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sherbrooke, Canada

Susan Goyette is a Canadian novelist and poet whose first poetry book was nominated for several prestigious awards, including the 1999 Governor General's Award. In 2017, she served as a judge for the Griffin Poetry Prize. A celebrated writer, Susan Goyette was named Halifax's eighth poet laureate in April 2020.

Blanche Lamontagne-Beauregard
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Birthdate: January 13, 1889
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Les Escoumins, Canada
Died: May 25, 1958

One of the most significant female French Canadian poets, Blanche Lamontagne-Beauregard wrote mostly on historical and regional themes that centered around the Gaspé Peninsula. However, following her marriage to a renowned lawyer, she was unable to devote herself to writing. Through Our Fields and Shores remains one of her best-known works.