Photo by Michael Elcock
Patrick Friesen, a resident of Winnipeg for 30 years and Vancouver for a dozen years, now lives in Victoria, BC. He has published numerous books of poetry and has written several stage and radio plays. Friesen has also collaborated with choreographers, dancers, musicians and composers. He tours on a regular basis, giving readings and workshops all over the country. His book, Blasphemer’s Wheel, was awarded Manitoba Book of the Year Prize in 1996; A Broken Bowl, was a finalist for the 1997 Governor-General’s Award; and Patrick was awarded the ReLit Award for Poetry in 2012 for jumping in the asylum.
Patrick Friesen, Per Brask and Ulrikka Gernes have been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize for Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments. This is a new collection of poetry by Danish poet Ulrikka Gernes translated by Patrick and Per and published by Brick Books.
–Griffin Poetry Prize Judges’ Citation