Anne Burke was born in Montreal (where she witnessed an ice storm when she was eleven) and was educated across Canada. She earned an Honours B.A. Magna Cum Laude at Loyola College, an M.A. from York University, a B. Ed. with a double diploma in Elementary and Secondary English, at Queen’s University, then pursued Ph.D. Studies in Ottawa and at U.B.C, in Contemporary and Canadian Literature. In Calgary since 1974, she lives a poetry (and poet) centred existence. Her mentors were poets Lorna Crozier, Gwendolyn Mac Ewan, Gerald Lampert, Eli Mandel, and Robert Kroetsch. Her recent odyssey is an exchange of correspondence with her late father. She is completing a full length collection on the Fort McMurray wildfire, after contributing to The Calgary Project – A City Map in Verse and Visual on the massive municipal flood. (That leaves “earth” and “air” in a planned quartet of the elements.) She is the recipient of the Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and the Diamond Jubilee Medal. “I shore up these fragments against my ruin”— T.S. Eliot. She was prairie correspondent for Poetry Canada, Alberta Rep. for the League, and President of the Writers Guild of Alberta (twice). She founded the first publicly charter school in Canada (for gifted children). She is a cofounder of Alberta Magazine Publishers Association; was Pro Tem President, then Secretary to the board, for twelve years. She was Vice President of Alberta Cultural Industries Association and represented provincial arts, literary, and cultural magazine publishers. She is literary editor of The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature which she co-founded in 1983. She serves as League Membership Chair, coordinates the Feminist Caucus, and is series editor of The Living Archive chapbooks, anthologies, and monographs, in print and now online with Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Join the League of Canadian Poets’ Feminist Caucus for their annual panel presentation and chapbook launch. This year, panelists Lillian Allen, Gwen Benaway, Anne Burke, Canisia Lubrin, Lee Maracle, and Charlie C. Petch discuss on the topic of “Remembering Forward” — how feminist visions, ideals, and objectives change over time. This event will also launch […]