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Betsy Struthers

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Born and raised in Toronto, Betsy Struthers has lived in Peterborough, Ontario, since 1977. As well as several books of poetry, she has published three novels and was co-editor (with Sarah Klassen) and contributor to Poets in the Classroom (Pembroke, 1995), a collection of essays on workshopping poetry written by members of the League of Canadian Poets. She was President of the League from 1995 to 1997. Struthers' poetry has been praised for its narrative clarity, distinctive voice, and erotic play of language; she received the Silver Medal as runner-up for the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award in 1994 and was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award in 1993. She has receive two Canada Council grants for writing literature as well as several Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve grants. She has read her work from coast to coast in Canada, in Australia, and in North Carolina; her poems and fiction have been published in many anthologies and literary journals; she has taught workshops in both poetry and fiction to students of all ages from kindergarten to adults. Struthers works as an editor for Broadview Press, an academic publisher based in Peterborough.


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