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Patrick Lane (1939-       )

Pat Lane was born in Nelson, British Columbia and educated at U.B.C., before pursuing a career as a full-time writer and a writer-in-residence at such institutions as the Universities of Ottawa, Manitoba, Alberta and Victoria, Lane worked variously as a logger, fisher, miner, and a trucker. He founded Very Stone House with bill bissett, Jim Brown and Seymour Mayne in 1965, which eventually evolved into Talonbooks. In the late 1980s and through the 1990s he and his wife, Lorna Crozier, became the 'first couple' of Canadian literature largely through the agency of Peter Gzowski's Morningside program on the CBC.

      Patrick Lane's major publications include Letters from the savage mind (1966), Separations (1969), On the street (1970), Mountain oysters (1972), The sun has begun to eat the mountain (1972), Passing into storm (1973), Beware the months of fire (1973), Unborn things: South American poems (1975), Albino pheasants (1977), Poems new and selected (1979/Governor General's Award), No longer two people, with Lorna Uher (Crozier) (1979), The measure (1980), Old mother (1982), Woman in the dust (1983), A linen crow, a caftan magpie (1984), For Riel in that gawdam prison (1985), Selected poems (1987), Milford and me (1989), Winter (1990), Mortal remains (1991), How do you spell beautiful? and other stories (1992), and Too spare, too fierce (1995).