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P. K. Page was born in England in 1916 and moved to Canada at the age of three. Raised in the prairies she first came to the attention of readers in the 1940s through her regular appearances in Preview, a Montreal-based literary magazine. Her collection The Metal and the Flower won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1954. Twice shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, Page received the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2004. A new collection of her work, Kaleidoscope, was published in 2010 and was the first in a series of volumes over the next ten years intended to complement a scholarly project that will collect all of the poet’s work online. Page was a visual artist (under the name P. K. Irwin) and her work is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada. Page died on January 14, 2010.

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