Andrea MacPherson

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Andrea MacPherson is a Canadian poet and novelist. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she was educated at the University of British Columbia where she received a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. She is a professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, teaching Creative Writing with the English department.

MacPherson was the Editor of Prism Internationalfrom 2000–2001 and took over the position of Reviews Editor with Event [1] in 2006. She held the position until 2010.

MacPherson's first novel, When She Was Electric, was published in 2003 with Raincoast. The novel later went on to be named No. 6 on Canada Reads: People's Choice. Her second novel, Beyond the Blue, was published in 2007 by Random House Canada and details the lives of four women in 1918 Dundee, Scotland.

Natural Disasters was released in July, 2007 by Palimpsest Press and is concerned with shared history and the influence of geography on the self, detailing much of the landscape of British Columbia. It was longlisted for the 2008 ReLit Awards. Her second collection, Away was published in 2008 by Signature Editions. It is a collection of travel poems, ranging from an execution yard in Dublin, Ireland to the calderas of Santorini, Greece. Her poetry was anthologized in 2009's How the Light Gets In, published by the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland.


  • 2003: When She Was Electric Raincoast
  • 2007: Beyond the Blue Random House
  • 2007: Natural Disasters Palimpsest Press
  • 2008: Away: Poems Signature Editions
  • 2009: How the Light Gets In Waterford Institute

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