Meredith Quartermain is known as an innovator of poetic and narrative form whose work often focuses on the rhythms and historical hauntings of places. She was the 2012 writer in residence at the Vancouver Public Library, where she enjoyed leading workshops on songwriting and poetries of place, as well as assisting writers on a one-to-one basis.
Her first trade book, Vancouver Walking, won the B.C. Book Award for Poetry in 2006. Her book of prose poems Nightmarker was a finalist for the 2009 Vancouver Book Award, and Recipes from the Red Planet was a finalist for the 2011 B.C. Book Award for Fiction. Her work appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2008 and her essay "T'ang's Bathtub: Innovative Work by Four Canadian Poets" was named best essay in Canadian Literature 2012.
For many years, she taught English Literature and Composition at UBC and Capilano College, and she has enjoyed leading workshops at the Vancouver Public Library, the Naropa University Summer Writing Program, the Kootenay School of Writing and the Toronto New School of Writing. In 2002, she and her husband, Peter Quartermain, founded Nomados Literary Publishers, through which they've published more than 40 chapbooks.
Her first novel, Rupert's Land, was published by NeWest Press in 2013.
Meredith Quartermain on her journey to becoming a poet, the importance of community, what she looks for in students, and more.