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Rachel Rose (born September 20, 1970) is a Canadian/American poet, essayist and short story writer. She has published three collections of poetry, Giving My Body to Science, Notes on Arrival and Departure, and Song and Spectacle. Her poems, essays and short stories have been published in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States.

Rachel Rose
Born (1970-09-20) September 20, 1970 (ageĀ 48)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenrePoetry, essay, fiction
Notable worksNotes on Arrival and Departure

In 2011, Rose and composer Leslie Uyeda were commissioned by the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver to write the libretto for Canada's first lesbian opera, When The Sun Comes Out, which premiered in August 2013 in Vancouver and in Toronto in June 2014.[1]

In 2014, Rose was named Vancouver's Poet Laureate, for a term running through to 2017.[1]


Personal lifeEdit

Rose grew up on Hornby Island (British Columbia), Vancouver, Anacortes and Seattle.[2] In the mid-1990s, she lived and worked in Japan for a year. She has worked as a medical secretary, ESL teacher, and as the poetry mentor in the Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University.[2] In 2015 she was a resident in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.[3]




  • "Creating Benjamin", Prairie Fire, Volume 22, No. 4 (Winter 2001)
  • "Letters to a Young Mother Who Writes" (in Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood, edited by Shannon Cowan, Fiona Tinwei Lam and Cathy Stonehouse, 2008, McGill/Queens University Press)
  • "A Tale of Two Mommies" (in Between Interruptions: 30 Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood, edited by Cori Howard, 2009, Key Porter Books)

Short storiesEdit


  • Uncharted Lines: Poems from the Journal of the American Medical Association (1998), Ten Speed Press
  • In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry (2005), Polestar
  • White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood (2007), York University
  • Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-po Listserv (2008), Red Hen Press
  • Open Wide A Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems (2009), Wilfrid Laurier University Press


  • When The Sun Comes Out (2013)


  • The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World's K-9 Cops (2017), St Martin's Press

Awards and prizesEdit


  1. ^ a b City of Vancouver webpage
  2. ^ a b Email from Rose, dated August 28, 2010
  3. ^ Micro-interview with Rachel Rose, The Writing University, University of Iowa,
  4. ^ "Going for the Silver". Gay City News, May 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Rachel Rose Wins the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.

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