|Born||Patricia Louise Tinmuth|
July 29, 1935
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Died|| (aged 40)|
|Notable works||This Difficult Flowering, Milk Stone, A Stone Diary|
It wasn't until 1968 that she published her first collection, This Difficult Flowering, with Very Stone House, a small Canadian poetry press. In 1972, "The Age of the Bird", a long poem inspired by revolutionary politics in South America, was published as a broadside by Blackfish Press. Its companion poem, "Regard to Neruda", was written for Pablo Neruda, one of Lowther's political and literary inspirations.
In September 1975, Lowther was reported missing after failing to arrive for a scheduled poetry reading at Vancouver's Ironworkers Hall. Three weeks later, her body was found in a creek near Squamish, British Columbia. Her second husband Roy Lowther, whom she had married in 1963, was convicted of the murder in June 1977. He died in Matsqui prison in Abbotsford, British Columbia, on July 14, 1985.
Two years after the poet's murder, Oxford published A Stone Diary. In 1980, a collection of Lowther's early and unpublished poems, Final Instructions, was also published. Also that year, the League of Canadian Poets established the Pat Lowther Award, a prize awarded annually to a book of poetry by a Canadian woman.
A manuscript was discovered in 1996 and published under the title Time Capsule.
Lowther's life and death have served to inspire a number of works, including her daughter Christine Lowther's first poetry collection, New Power (1999), and the novels Swann: A Mystery (1987) by Carol Shields and Furry Creek by Keith Harrison (1999).
- Canada Council grant
- This Difficult Flowering, Very Stone House, 1968
- The Age of the Bird - 1972
- Milk Stone, Borealis Press, 1974
- A Stone Diary, Oxford University Press, 1977
- Dona Sturmanis, Frederick H. Candelaria, eds. (1980). Final Instructions. Orca Sound. ISBN 978-0-920616-04-8.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
- Time Capsule. Polestar Book Publishers. 1997. ISBN 978-1-896095-25-7.
- Gail McKay (1978). The Pat Lowther poem. Coach House Press. ISBN 978-0-88910-105-0.
- Margaret Atwood (2000). "Last Testaments: Pat Lowther and John Thompson". Second words: selected critical prose, 1960-1982. House of Anansi. ISBN 978-0-88784-654-0.
- Toby Brooks (2000). Pat Lowther's Continent: Her Life and Work. Gynergy Books. ISBN 978-0-921881-54-4.
- Christine Wiesenthal, ed. (2005). The Half-Lives of Pat Lowther. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0-8020-3635-3.
- Christine Wiesenthal, ed. (2010.) The Collected Works of Pat Lowther. NeWest Press. ISBN 978-1-897126-61-5
- "Pat Lowther Memorial Award – League of Canadian Poets". poets.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "The Brutal Murder of Pat Lowther - Spacing Vancouver". Spacing Vancouver. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "Review: The Collected Poems of Pat Lowther, edited by Christine Wiesenthal". The Globe and Mail, June 11, 2010.
- "Canadian Poetry Online | University of Toronto Libraries | Pat Lowther". canpoetry.library.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "Pat Lowther". The Canadian Encyclopedia, Betty Nygaard King, Mary Willan Mason, 02/07/2006