Robert Bringhurst

Louise Mercer

Robert Bringhurst is one of Canada’s most celebrated poets. He was born in California in 1946, moved with his family to Alberta in 1952, and has lived most of his adult life in the remoter parts of the British Columbia coast. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry at the Library of Congress, a Phillips Fund Fellow at the American Philosophical Society, a writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh, and the winner of the prestigious Edward Sapir Prize in Native American linguistics. He is widely known both for his work as a scholar and translator of Native American oral literatures (Haida, Cree, Navajo) and as a historian and practitioner of the fine art of typography. Copper Canyon has published three of his many books of poetry: The Beauty of the Weapons (1985), Pieces of Map, Pieces of Music (1987), and Selected Poems (2011).

Awards and Honors

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Witter Bynner Fellowship, Library of Congress

Phillips Fund Fellowship, American Philosophical Society

Writer-in-Residence, University of Edinburgh

Edward Sapir Prize in Native American Linguistics