Lynn Crosbie

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Lynn Crosbie (born 7 August 1963)[1] is a Canadian poet and novelist. She teaches at the University of Toronto.

Life and career[edit]

Crosbie was born in Montreal, Quebec, and now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

She received her PhD in English from the University of Toronto, writing her PhD thesis on the work of the American poet Anne Sexton.

In 1997, Insomniac Press published her controversial book on the Canadian criminal Paul Bernardo, Paul's Case.

In 2006, Crosbie published a book-length poem titled Liar, available through House of Anansi Press. Liar is a personal work that deals with the end of her seven-year relationship with the professional wrestling fan Michael Holmes, author of the critically acclaimed poetry book Parts Unknown. Her long relationship with the writer Tony Burgess is chronicled in Pearl (1996).

Crosbie is a cultural critic, and the author of several books of poetry: Miss Pamela's Mercy, Villainelle, and Missing Children.

Crosbie has lectured on and written about visual art at the AGO, the Power Plant, and OCAD University (where she taught for six years.) She is an award-winning journalist who has a regular column titled "Pop Rocks" in the Toronto newspaper The Globe and Mail and is a regular contributor to Toronto Life Fashion.

Her Trampoline Hall Lecture was entitled "Don't Have Casual Sex".

Her book Life Is About Losing Everything, a roman à clef/fictional memoir, was released in April 2012 by House of Anansi. The book won the 2013 ReLit Award in the fiction category.[2]

Her novel Where Did You Sleep Last Night was published in 2015 from House of Anansi.[3]


  • Miss Pamela's Mercy (Coach House, 1992)
  • The Girl Wants To: Women's Representations of Sex and the Body (Coach House, 1993) (as editor)
  • Villainelle (Coach House, 1994)
  • Pearl (House of Anansi, 1995)
  • Paul's Case (Insomniac Press, 1997)
  • Click: Becoming Feminists (MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, 1997) (as editor)
  • Queen Rat: New and Selected Poems (House of Anansi, 1998)
  • Dorothy L'Amour (HarperCollins, 1999)
  • Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (Turtle Point, 2003) (with Jeffery Conway and David Trinidad)
  • Missing Children (McClelland & Stewart, 2003)
  • Liar (House of Anansi, 2006)
  • Life Is About Losing Everything (House of Anansi, 2012)
  • Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (2015)
  • Chicken (House of Anansi, 2018)


  1. ^ Canadian Who's Who Search. Grey House Publishing Canada.
  2. ^ "And the winners of the 2013 ReLit Awards are...." Archived 31 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.. The Province, 20 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Where Did You Sleep Last Night". House of Anansi, 2 May 2015.

External links[edit]