Patrick Lane was born in 1939 in Nelson, BC. He has published 22 volumes of poetry over the past 30 years and has received a number of awards including The Governor General's Award. He recently co-edited with his partner, Lorna Crozier, the anthology of essays on addiction, Addicted: Notes From the Belly of the Beast (2001). He has three books forthcoming, What We are Is A Garden, a series of meditations on life, art, poetry, and gardens, Go Leaving Strange, a new collection of poetry, and New & Selected Short Stories. Patrick has traveled widely and has had his work translated into more than 12 languages. He presently teaches at the University of Victoria, BC, and is considered by many writers and critics as one of the finest poets of his generation.