Born in Vancouver in 1950, he studied literature at Simon Fraser University from 1969 to 1974. Writing and publishing since the late 1960s, he has also been involved in an editorial capacity with several publishing firms such as the Governor-General Award winning Blackfish Press. In the early seventies, he began working as a free lance journalist and critic for various publications and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, The New Reader, Books In Canada, The Victoria Times-Colonist, and The Vancouver Province -- where he was the poetry critic for two years, and had his own column. He is currently writing a weekly newspaper column called CultureWatch. Brett inaugurated the B.C. Poetry-In-The-Schools program, introducing children in schools to world poetry for a period of several years, and has taught or given workshops on writing across Canada. He has been a member of organizations ranging from P.E.N. International, The League of Canadian Poets, the B.C. Federation Of Writers, to the Writer's Union of Canada. While a member of the League of Canadian Poets he performed a National Reading Tour under their auspices. He has also given readings on the CBC and various other media as well as public performances funded by private organizations, universities, Harbourfront, Vancouver International Writers' Festival, Saltwater Festival, National Book Festival, and the Canada Council.
Brett currently lives on a farm with his family on Salt Spring Island, B.C., where he cultivates his garden and creates ceramic forms.
Uproar's Your Only Music (A Memoir in Poetry, Exile, Fall 2004). Coyote (Thistledown, Fall 2003). The Colour Of Bones In A Stream, Sono Nis, (Poems}, Sono Nis, 1998. Allegories of Love and Disaster (Long Poem): Exile, 1993. Poems: New and Selected, Sono Nis, 1993. Tanganyika (Short Stories), Thistledown, 1991. The Fungus Garden (Novel), Thistledown, 1988. Evolution In Every Direction (Prose Poems), Thistledown, 1987. Smoke Without Exit (Poems), Sono Nis, 1984. Fossil Ground At Phantom Creek (Poems), Blackfish, 1976
Night Directions For Lost: The Talking Songs of Brian Brett, Tongue & Groove Records, Fall 2003
PAMPHLETS, BROADSIDES, BROADSIDE FOLIOS, ETC.,
Monster (Prose Poems/Poems), White Rhino, 1981. Savage People Dressed In Skins (Long Poem), White Rhino, 1978. Green Light Stones & Trees, (with Allan Safarik), (Pamphlet), Cold Turkey Press, 1977. The Great Bear Constellation, (Broadside), 1973. The West Coast, (Broadside Folio), Blackfish, 1972.
Rendezvous With The Wild (Coffee Table Book) Houghton Mifflin, 2004, The Eye In The Thicket (Natural History Essays) Thistledown Books 2002. Mocambo Nights, ed. by Patrick Lane, Ekstasis Editions, 2001. Lost Classics ed. by Ondaatje, Spalding, Redhill (Anchor Classics), 2001. In The Clear (Fiction & Poetry) Thistledown Books, 1998. What is Already Known (Fiction & Poetry) Thistledown Books, 1995. How I Learned To Speak Dog (Poetry & Prose) Douglas & McIntyre. Witness To Wilderness (Poetry & Prose), Arsenal Pulp Press, 1994. Because You Loved Being A Stranger, (Poems) ed. by Susan Musgrave, Harbour Publishing, 1994. Myths & Voices (Short Stories), White Pine Press, U.S.A.,1993. The Last Map Is The Heart (Short Stories), Thistledown Books, 1989. 15 Years In Exile, Exile, 1992. Vancouver Poetry (Poetry), Polestar Press, 1986. For Rexroth (Poetry), The Ark, 1980. Western Windows (Poetry & Prose), Commcept Publishing Ltd., 1977. A Government Job At Last (Poetry), MacLeod Books, 1977.
Spring Rain, Quarry, White Pelican, Sound Heritage, Pulp, Tractor, West Coast Review, Inscape, Poetry Canada Review, Literary Storefront Newsletter, CVII, Dandelion, Western Living, The New Quarterly, Highway One, Brick, Exile, Equinox, etc.,
RECENT AWARDS, GRANTS, OFFICES, UNDERTAKINGS, ETC.,
Several Canada Council Grants. Short Term Canada Council Writer In Residence, Fraser Valley Regional Library, 1987. Writer's Quarterly Annual Story Competition, Runner-up, 1988. The Writer's Union of Canada, B.C. Representative, 1989. Producer of poetry events at Vancouver International Writer's Festival, Fall 1991. Several B.C. Cultural Branch Writing Awards. Literary consultant for Salt Spring Summer Festival 1991-1998, Writer In Electronic Residence, Writer's Development Trust, Winter 1992. Short listed for 1993.B.C. Book Prize - Poetry. Co-producer of the internationally televised Great Clayoquot Sound Writers' Benefit - November, 1993. Co-producer of the Theatre Alive! Annual Erotic Literary Evening & Benefit, 1995-1998. Master of Ceremonies at the Vancouver International Writers' Festival bill bissett tribyoot, 1997. Writer-in-residence, Yukon Public Library System, Winter 1998. Writer's Development Trust - Writer-In-Electronic Residence - 1998 spring semester, Instructor at Victoria School of Writing - July 2002.
Speculative Fiction: A Teaching Resource, Jesse Stothers, Thistledown Press
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