Friday, September 08, 2006

Pelman, Barbara, Victoria, BC

Barbara Pelman teaches at Reynolds School in Victoria B.C. where she tells her students (only partly tongue-in-cheek) that they can’t graduate until they love poetry. Born in Vancouver, she has lived in several small towns in B.C., as well as two rich years in London England and two years in Toronto, studying for her MA in English. She won first prize in the BC Federation of Writers Literary Writes contest and has been published in several literary journals. Mocambo CafĂ© is where she hangs out on Friday nights, when she’s not otherwise marking papers. Her first book, One Stone, is published by Ekstasis Editions. She has a daughter who has been teaching in Japan; plays flute (badly), and longs to return to her first love, dancing.

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