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Biography

Carla Funk was born and raised in Vanderhoof, the geographical centre of B.C. and one of the earliest Mennonite settlements in the province. Having grown up in a world of logging trucks, storytellers, ladies’ sewing circles, and rural realism, she turned to poetry as a place to set down the images of her upbringing.

Since earning degrees in Writing and English Literature at the University of Victoria, her work has been featured in anthologies including Breathing Fire: Canada’s Young Poets (Harbour, 1995), in various literary journals, and as part of the Poetry in Transit series. Her books of poetry include Blessing the Bones into Light (Coteau Books, 1999), Head Full of Sun (Nightwood Editions, 2002), The Sewing Room (Turnstone Press, 2006), Apologetic (Turnstone Press, 2010), and most recently, Gloryland (Turnstone Press, 2016).

She lives with her husband and daughter in Victoria, where she served as the City’s inaugural poet laureate from 2006-2008. She teaches in the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing.

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