Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ruth Roach Pierson

Ruth Roach Pierson has had two careers: for thirty-one years she was a teacher, historian, and feminist scholar. She is the author of They’re Still Women After All: The Second World War and Canadian Womanhood (which came out with McClelland & Stewart in 1986) and has written many other academic studies.

Her first book of poems, Where No Window Was, was published by BuschekBooks of Ottawa in the spring of 2002, a year after she retired from academia. Her poems have appeared in ARC, Event, The Fiddlehead, Malahat Review, Pagitica, Prism International, Queen’s Feminist Review, Quills, and A Room of One’s Own, as well as a number of anthologies. In 2002, she won first place in the annual poetry contest sponsored by Word: Toronto’s Literary Calendar; in 2003 she was a finalist in the Pagitica literary contest; and she received honourable mention in The Fiddlehead’s 2003/2004 Ralph Gustafson poetry contest. Aide-mémoire, also published by BuschekBooks, is her second book of poems.

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