Patrick Friesen is the author of Blasphemer’s Wheel, winner of the Manitoba Book of the Year Award and runner-up for the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award. A Broken Bowl was shortlisted for the 1997 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His most recent work is Earth’s Crude Gravities. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia. He has retired from full-time teaching and is now writing and working at various gigs when they crop up. He teaches one course at the University of Victoria. Ulrikka Gernes’ poetry collection Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments, co-translated from the Danish by Patrick Friesen and Per Brask was short-listed for the Griffin Poetry Award in 2016.
Interviews & Articles
Writers’ Blog Tour with Patrick Friesen
Poem: an audience with the dalai lama or, the old-fashioned pas de deux – Patrick Friesen
CV2 Poets on Record, 2014
Genre Lines: The Colour of a Note
the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, 2002
Through the questions posed to them, many Brick Books authors have taken the time to provide insights into such things as their writing process, experience as poets, reflections on poems among many other things.
Insights from Patrick Friesen can be found here.
- Author Questionnaire
- Writing exercises – please share some of your favourite writing exercises – things you do to limber up or exercises you use with workshops
- Reflections on the genesis of one of your own poems
- What feeds your writing?
- A poet’s statement on some aspect of craft (that is, not a discussion of, say, metaphor in poem x, but a general discussion of metaphor in your or others’ poetry)