A native of Alberta, Jan Zwicky is a poet, musician and philosopher. She is the author of six collections of poetry, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which won the Governor General’s Award in 1999. Her books of philosophy include Lyric Philosophy (2nd edition, 2010), Wisdom and Metaphor, and Plato as Artist. She has taught philosophy and creative writing at a number of North American Universities and has also been an editor for Brick Books since 1986. In 2009, she left the University of Victoria, and now lives on Quadra Island, off the coast of British Columbia. In 2011, Gaspereau will publish her seventh poetry collection, Forge.