Eve Joseph grew up on unceded Squamish territory (North Vancouver) and now lives in Victoria on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen people. For 20 years, she worked as a counsellor in a hospice. Her book of poetry, Quarrels (Anvil Press) was the Canadian winner of the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her book about death and dying, In the Slender Margin (Patrick Crean Editions, 2014; Arcade Publishing 2016), won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Award. Her two previous books of poetry, The Startled Heart (Oolichan, 2004) and The Secret Signature of Things (Brick, 2010) were both nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award and in 2010 she was awarded the P.K. Page Founder’s Award for poetry. Her work has been published in a wide number of Canadian and American journals and anthologies. Her nonfiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and her essay “Intimate Strangers” was nominated for a National Magazine Award and won both the Malahat Review’s Nonfiction Award and the Western Magazine Awards “Gold” category for the B.C. and Yukon Territories. The Griffin Poetry Prize judges' citation calls her poems "intriguing spaces and moments defeating the boundaries of the real, but rest assured, Joseph leads you by the hand with warmth, wit and empathy."

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