Tanis MacDonald “offers a virtuoso display of poetic craft…her poems consistently mix fearlessly intellectual elements with passages rich in lyric resonance.” — The Malahat Review.
Tanis MacDonald is an award-winning author, poet, reviewer and instructor. She has published five books of poetry and essays, including Out of Line: Daring to Be an Artist Outside the Big City, and is the editor of the collections GUSH: Menstrual Manifestos for our Times and Speaking of Power: the Poetry of Di Brandt. Her book The Daughter’s Way was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism. She is the winner of the Bliss Carman Prize and the Mayor’s Poetry City Prize for Waterloo. Tanis has taught at the Sage Hill Writing Experience, and won the Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award from the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs.
Mobile, Tanis’ most recent poetry collection, is described as an ‘uncivil’ feminist re-boot of Dennis Lee’s Civil Elegies. Tanis explains that “I wanted to write about a young woman’s experience of urban citizenship using Lee’s text as a template against which to set a different kind of urban history.”
Tanis teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.