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Kyeren Regehr 8 photo credit Regina Akha

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Kyeren Regehr

"OFFICIAL" BIOGRAPHY:

Kyeren Regehr’s collection Cult Life, was a finalist for the 2021 ReLit Awards and The Victoria Butler Book Prize; Disassembling A Dancer won the inaugural Raven Chapbooks contest. Since 2008, her poetry has been published in dozens of literary periodicals and anthologies in Canada, Australia, and the USA, has been thrice longlisted for the CBC Poetry Awards, and has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts. Kyeren holds a BFA and MFA in Writing, taught in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria, and served as an editor on the poetry board of Canada's iconic literary periodical, The Malahat Review. She has mentored poets through the Writer’s Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets, and works as a freelance literary editor and writing mentor. Kyeren’s background is in professional dance and theatre, and she once found herself in Victoria’s Poetry Slam finals by accident. She is presently completing Indigenous Canada, an online course through the University of Alberta, and lives and writes with gratitude on the unceded lands of the W̱SÁNEĆ people. Kyeren recently stepped in as the Artistic Director of Planet Earth Poetry, one of Canada's longest running reading series, now in its 28th season.

Three shorter bios
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SLIGHTLY MORE PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY:

Although I was born and raised in Australia, I grew up as a writer in Canada. My primary influences are Canadian poets: Dione Brand, John Thomspon, Tim Lilburn, Anne Simpson, Patrick Lane, and academic mentor/advisor, Lorna Crozier to name a small few. I enjoy being challenged and expanded by the work of writers from around the world, but the (mostly) Canadian poets I absorbed during my university years largely shaped my internal poetic landscape. I'm deeply grateful to Canadian poetry.

Writing is a way that I can process my inner world, or respond to the outer world. If you've read Cult Life, you may have noticed that it's largely memoir, and I do see much of my work as a record of my life. But I also use writing as a way to explore art and nature, myth and spirituality, and my relationship to these things. It seems to me that poetry is a blueprint of the consciousness, or a distillation of human thinking and experience at any given time in history. And nowadays, with the planet in crisis, and social media eating up large portions of our lives, it feels more important than ever to write--writers (and may I say poets, in particular) are the record keepers, visionaries, radicals, close and careful watchers of the natural world, and of the human world... I think all artists are, but I like talking about poets and writers.

In Disassembling A Dancer, I dive into the dark side of the ballet world, the body as art, and art as identity. But at its heart, this small book is a story; a story in poetry, prose, self-reflexive monologue and dialogue. It might also be seen as fictionalized memoir. (I seem not to be able to write in only one genre.) While I find a sense of release and much needed mental reconfiguration in anti-narrative forms like ghazals, I'm probably a story-teller before anything else, and thus my projects are usually narrative. I've been working on a story-based project about the Arthurian legends for some time, and another more personal quasi-narrative collection about motherhood and spirituality.

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Read a quick, quirky Q&A with me
from All Lit Up

"Attention is the rarest and purest form

of generosity."

~Simone Weil

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