Sonnet L'Abbé

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Sonnet L'Abbé is a Canadian poet and critic. As a poet, L'Abbé writes about national identity, race, gender and language. She has been shortlisted for the 2010 CBC Literary Award for poetry [1] and has won the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for most promising writer under 35.[2] As a critic, she is a regular reviewer of fiction and poetry for The Globe and Mail and has written scholarly articles on Canadian contemporary poetry. In, 2013 she was the Artist-In-Motion for 2017StartsNow!, a series of talks launched by CBC Radio-Canada, Via Rail and Community Foundations of Canada that joined Canadians across the country in a conversation about how to celebrate the Canadian sesquicentennial.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, L'Abbé has a PhD in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, a Master's degree in English literature from the University of Guelph and a BFA in film and video from York University.[3] She has been a script reader and has taught English at universities in South Korea and as well as teaching Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. She has also worked as an assistant poetry editor at Canadian Literature, and is an occasional contributor to CBC Radio One[4] and the National Post.[5] She currently teaches creative writing at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals and several anthologies including Force Field: 77 BC Women Poets, Best Canadian Poetry 2009, Best Canadian Poetry 2010, Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets and Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets.

L'Abbé is multiracial; her father is Franco-Ontarian and her mother is Guyanese of South Asian mixed descent. Her father, Jason L'Abbé, is a Canadian ceramic artist.

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  • A Strange Relief (2001)
  • Killarnoe (2007)

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