Sonnet L'Abbé

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Sonnet L'Abbé, Ph.D. is a Canadian poet and critic. As a poet, L'Abbé writes about national identity, race, gender and language. In 2015, she is the Edna Staebler Writer In Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University.


L'Abbé was the guest editor of the Best Canadian Poetry 2014 anthology. 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.[3]

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.[4] 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[5] and the National Post.[6] From 2012 to 2014, she taught 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.


  1. ^ [1] Green College UBC, retrieved on 8 August 2011
  2. ^ "Authors". Penguin Random House Canada. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "A poet crosses Canada to capture the spirit of the times". 20 December 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  4. ^ [2] Canadian Writers in Person, retrieved on 4 July 2011
  5. ^ "forage by Rita Wong wins Canada Reads Poetry". 30 October 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
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  • A Strange Relief (2001)
  • Killarnoe (2007)
  • Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014 (guest editor, 2014)


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