Jan Zwicky is one of Canada’s most respected artists and intellectuals, known equally for her highly original work in philosophy and her intensely lyrical poetry. She has published over a dozen books of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and translation including, most recently, The Long Walk from the Oskana Series in Poetry & Poetics. Her numerous awards include the Governor General’s Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize.
Zwicky obtained her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto and subsequently taught at a number of North American universities, including Princeton. As both poet and philosopher, she frequently focuses on music, the natural world and questions of ecology. In the ’80s and ’90s, she developed and taught some of the first courses in environmental studies at Canadian universities as well as interdisciplinary courses in the humanities, courses in early Greek philosophy and courses in the thought of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. She is also an accomplished orchestral and chamber violinist with a strong interest in baroque performance practice.
Zwicky’s poetry has been published in translation in a number of European languages, and she lectures widely in North America and Europe. A native of Alberta, she now lives on Quadra Island, British Columbia.