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Lorna Crozier is the author of 17 books of poetry, including Inventing the Hawk, which won a Governor General’s Literary Award. She has been a finalist for the same award three additional times. Crozier has received three Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, the Raymond Souster Award, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is also the author of The Book of Marvels and the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. Crozier is a Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria and an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives on Vancouver Island.


Lorna Crozier on Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats), Weston Prize finalist

Award History

2020 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats)

Jury Citation

“Lorna Crozier’s Through the Garden draws us into a rich and intimate portrait of the tender, turbulent lives of two writers who shared a love affair with words, cats, the world, and each other for some 40 years. As Crozier’s husband, writer Patrick Lane, is overtaken by illness and she by grief, this book reminds us that memory, like history, makes us who we are and outruns death. Elegantly written and searingly frank, Through the Garden drills deep into the personal while ranging outward to confront the storms and mysteries of life.”

— 2020 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction jury (Helen Knott, Sandra Martin, and Ronald Wright)

Program History