Christine was Poet Laureate of Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada, for the 2020-2022 term.
Christine's prose and poetry have been published in The Goose, The Malahat Review, subTerrain, Poetry is Dead, Other Voices, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, Room, and WordWorks. Her work appears in anthologies including Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, Refugium: Poems for the Pacific, Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times, Canadian Ginger, The Summer Book, and Locations of Grief: an Emotional Geography. Chris lived as writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver BC, and won the inaugural Rainy Coast Arts Award for Significant Accomplishment from the Pacific Rim Arts Society in Tofino. Her essay "The Shaking Man" won first prize in the Federation of British Columbia Writers' Literary Writes, nonfiction category. She serves on the Selection Committee of Tofino's Poet Laureate Working Group. Check out her books below!

In Conversation with Christine Lowther: an interview.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

List of Works

Worth More Standing: Poets and Activists Pay Homage to Trees
Caitlin Press, Qualicum Beach, BC. 2022
Cover art by Mark Hobson
Contributors include ninth Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfe-Sky Dancer, GG winner Arleen Paré, Canadian icon bill bissett, Griffin Poetry Prize winner Eve Joseph, ReLit Award winner Patrick Friesen, Order of Canada and Order of the Rising Sun recipient Joy Kogawa, Vancouver Poet Laureate Fiona Tinwei Lam, Harold Rhenisch, Jay Ruzesky, John Barton, Kate Braid, Kim Trainor, Kim Goldberg, Pamela Porter, Patricia and Terence Young, Russell Thornton, Sonnet L’Abbé, Susan McCaslin, Susan Musgrave, Tom Wayman, Trevor Carolan, Yvonne Blomer, Zoe Dickinson and the late Pat Lowther.

Born Out of This
Caitlin Press, Qualicum Beach, BC. 2014
cover photo by Vici Johnstone
Born Out of This made the BC Book Prizes Shortlist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize.
This book is a mixture of autobiography, nature writing, humour, activism and punk. It "follows Christine Lowther’s journey from the unutterable loss of her mother to the discovery of her own poetic voice through deep reflection and her intimate connection to the coastal rainforest."  –49th Shelf's Most Anticipated Fall Non-Fiction Preview list.

Born Out of This is being taught at York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies, BES Program, ENVS 1800.06 Environmental Writing / Writing the Environment, by professor Cate Sandilands.

"Sylvia Plath-like," reviewed Brett Josef Grubisic for The Vancouver Sun. "Canadian rural-dweller Christine Lowther presents a quieter, localized, and deeply introspective persona over the 23 essays of Born Out of This. If a footprint, she’d strive to make the least destructive impression. Even when roving across Europe, the narrating voice feels inward, soft-spoken and finely attuned to the nuance of place."

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Chris Fox, in The Malahat Review, says "when 'pure beauty wakes [her] in the morning,' I am reminded of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek."

“Passion, wonder, humour, courage, gratitude. These are words that come to mind when reading Christine Lowther’s spirited memoir, Born Out of This. While the trauma and grief Lowther has endured are inconceivable, her resilience and strength are very real. In these linked essays a remarkable writer takes her place, not in the shadow of, but alongside her mother, the late poet, Pat Lowther.”    –Patricia Young, author of Summertime Swamp Love

“A cool and colourful look at life, activism and punk, which is really all the same thing, isn’t it?”   –Joe Keithley of D.O.A.

“Born Out of This is a memoir of savageries and beauties written in a style that is reverent but never precious. Lowther is at home in the natural world — this landscape of disorder — in a way few people are. She lives and writes from the margins with the eye of a naturalist … Through it all, her mother’s spirit is her guide.”         –Eve Joseph, author of In the Slender Margin

“In Born Out of This Christine Lowther partners spirit of place with an exploration of self in a sensitive and celebratory dance of natural beauty and human creativity.”   –Candace Fertile, Room

"...Most poignant is this intergenerational and intertextual dialogue between daughter and mother, which characterizes these essays and Lowther’s own prolific body of work. Her mother-mentor remains a kind of spirit guide in her approach to life and their shared craft as Lowther matures into an identity of her own."   –Erin McMullan, The Goose

Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast

Co-edited with Anita Sinner.

The extreme west coast is often characterized as the most "out there" edge of Canada and has become known internationally for artists residing in the region and giving it their own particular flavor. Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast offers unique perspectives and insights to the interrelationship of creativity and geography through intimate portrayals about the lives of artists. Writers, painters, carvers, and performers reflect on the private spaces of the arts - inner worlds and natural environments - and the public spaces for exhibiting, performing and sharing. Artists delve into their life journeys, the struggles and challenges as well as the joys and rewards of pursuing expression out here. Forty-two emerging and established artists have contributed to this collection, including award-winning First Nations playwright and poet Janet Rogers; painter, writer, and arts advocate Robert Amos; internationally noted artists Avis Rasmussen and Mark Hobson; renowned author Susan Musgrave; award-winning film maker Velcrow Ripper; and from the academy, dancer and educator Celeste Snowber, professor emeritus Bill Zuk and many more voices that shape what it means to live artfully on the far west coast.

"...fascinating, sometimes humorous, sometimes reflective, stories of how the creative process occurs not simply within the mind or on the palette but in place. One of the strengths of this collection is that by placing the various perspectives of diverse artists against each other, the heterogeneity of what “art” means and where it comes from is made clear. Tales of social and economic classism, heterosexism, and ageism add layers to the social geography of the coast, showing it to be just as complex as the physical topography of the far west." -Lauren Harding, BC Studies

My Nature

"... shining poetry. ... This collection is a fine fusion of nature and human nature." - George Elliot Clarke

"Lovely, touching, and powerful." - Bruce Cockburn

"For half the year, Christine Lowther lives on a floathouse in Clayoquot Sound. The other half, she lives on pavement or moves about, restless. Her poems come from the edges of polite society, of the ocean storm, where unexpected things happen, where changes occur; with a foot planted on each side she has become a keen observer, a wise voice." Ursula Vaira, publisher.

"You have never read a more beautiful book of poems
about living in Clayoquot Sound."
Josie Osborne, mayor of Tofino

"With scientific precision, Lowther describes the natural world that she knows well...through the origami-like magic of words...(Her) nature is such that she cares."
—Kasia Jaronczyk, Room

“… infused with all the activism and alterity of a punk-rock protest poet … a unique and confident voice … clear and uncompromising” The Goose
This volume's poem "Good Company" can now be read on BC buses. Its poem "Eight storeys high 250 metres down" appears in Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast.

"Christine Lowther is a previously published writer and a talented poet who explores the similarities of the Harry Potter books with the personal trauma of her own youth. The poems with this premise could have been a dark read but she avoids this in part by using the natural world that is all around her ... this force is the magic that is transformative both for her and Harry. She also has an understanding of the Potter books that is deep... This brings a certain weight of myth into the poems, myths that are carried into the everyday world where the characters become alive, lean close and whisper words of advice and caution. This book is a brave and accomplished achievement."  - reader review on Amazon page by marmont

"The Searing Similarities between Harry Potter's life and the author's are uncanny. She explores her own beginnings and his, facing horror and tragedy while treating us to humour and character study at the same time."  - reader review on Amazon page by knitgrl

"Perhaps this unpretentious and down-to-earth anthology could awaken a love of poetry in the Potter generation? Poetry is often a forgotten art, but the familiar subject matter of Half-Blood Poems may be refreshing for adults and children alike. ... 'Longbottom Leaf' and 'Neville, Unlikely Rebel' make me love the character even more than before. 'Longbottom Leaf', a snapshot of Neville's life as a professor, shows his modesty and unfailing kindness, and gives us Neville's side of the story from a fresh perspective. Half-Blood Poems is an enjoyable read, whether just for a couple of short poems, or for the whole cover-to-cover experience."  - from review by Hannah Griffiths on fansite The Time Turner

Also reviewed by Megan Barrow on Magical Managerie fansite, by Sheila Vieira on Potterish fansite, Brazil, and by Corentin Faniel on La Gazette du Sorcier's Blog de la Gazette, France. 

From the publisher, Zossima Press:
J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are classics of modern fantasy literature which have moved millions of readers with themes that reach to the depths of human existence – the fact of death, the threat of evil, and the power of love and friendship. It is no wonder these epic themes attracted a poet like Christine Lowther. Harry Potter’s losses and struggles have an uncanny resemblance to episodes from her own life which she calls the twelve “Searing Similarities” (detailed in the book’s preface). But like Harry, Christine’s poetry can also soar above the tragic to discover the heroic and beautiful in such poems as “Neville, Unlikely Rebel,” “For Our Wide-Armed Mothers,” and “A Boy’s Hands.” There are seventy-one Half-Blood Poems divided into seven chapters that correspond with the seven book series. Fans of the wizarding world will experience again many of the emotions they felt reading the novels  – emotions presented most effectively through a poet’s words. 

New Power was Christine's first book of poems.

“[H]eartbreaking, necessary book. The first eyewitness account of the country’s greatest literary tragedy . . .” —Quill & Quire
“[B]rave, sad and eloquent”
The Islander/Victoria Times-Colonist

"Lowther’s first book, New Power, is an
astonishing collection of heartbreaking force."
—George Elliott Clarke

  “To be invited to enter her intimate life, to share the truth of her personal experiences, to see the details of a young activist’s day by day struggles and delights is no small privilege. Christine takes us into the forest, into the magic and the songs of resistance and the moment by moment journey of those who care enough to live their hope. Here is a brave young writer pointing in a direction of sanity.”
—Joy Kogawa

Writing the West Coast

In Love with Place

Co-edited by myself and Anita Sinner. 

"With its collective, eco-consciousness coupled with contributions from First Nations writers, Writing the West Coast is a coherent anthology that reverberates with a sense of history and pride."  -BC Bookworld

The beautiful cover painting of Tofino's 800-year-old "Eik" Cedar is by artist and author Joanna Streetly. This collection of over thirty essays by both well-known and emerging writers explores what it means to “be at home” on Canada’s west coast. Here the rainforest and the wild, stormy shoreline dominate one’s sense of identity, a humbling perspective shared in memoirs by individuals who come to see themselves as part of a larger ecological community.

Alexandra Morton followed  orcas to the Broughton Archipelago and now fights to protect wild salmon from the impact of fish farms. Grandmother-activist Betty Krawczyk describes living in a remote A-frame under mountains that have been clearcut, and how this led her to join the blockades. Valerie Langer tells us of a tsunami warning, one that is both literal and metaphorical. Brian Brett reflects on possible futures for Clayoquot Sound, thinking back to the wild times he spent there in the sixties.

Writing the West Coast includes a number of brightly satiric commentators like Briony Penn, who compares sex in the city to love in the temperate rainforest, Andrew Struthers, who recalls squatting in a home-made pyramid in the bush, and Susan Musgrave, who writes with affection and humour about the “excluded” Haida Gwaii. Young First Nation writers Eli Enns and Nadine Crookes provide their perspective of deep rootedness in place. And there are many more contributors, all of whom are engaged in finding purpose along with a sense of belonging that is uniquely west coast. My own chapter is called "Facing the Mountain".

“Here is an intimate look into life on the farthest West Coast of Canada among those, who in their various ways, are filled with passion for its waterways, its forests, its wildlife, even its weather. I found Writing the West Coast fascinating.”
— Sharon Butala

“... [A]n evocative collection of stories that demands an intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual awareness of the environment in which we live.”
Canadian Literature

“A marvelous collection of 33 essays by top writers covering the full spectrum of the delights of the Canadian West Coast.”
Lower Island News

Other titles Chris has some involvement in:

The Other 23 & a Half Hours

Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn't Teach You

It might be counterintuitive, but Catherine Owen believes being a writer involves much more than writing. In this provocative book she examines the moving parts of the literary community and explains what makes it tick. Starting with reading, which Owen believes is a fundamental part of being a writer, she considers activities such as reviewing, translating, hosting radio shows and even running small presses. With over sixty interviews as well as her own experiences to draw on, Owen sketches a compelling picture of what a literary life can be. Readers will come away with a new appreciation for the dynamism of the Canadian literary scene and the inspiration to contribute to it.


Where the Nights Are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets

edited by David Eso and Jeanette Lynes.
At times beautiful, at times rueful, Where the Nights Are Twice as Long is a collection of letters written by Canadian poets to those they loved. The result is a diverse portrait of the life cycle of a romantic relationship, from first infatuation to I-still-can't-forget-you melancholy. The book is divided into sections based on the poets' age at the time of writing the love letters, from teens and twenties right up to sixties, seventies and beyond. Includes pieces from Louis Riel, Pauline Johnson, Irving Layton, Di Brandt, Leonard Cohen and more. This is the first time a book has contained both my work and my mother's.

Animals fascinate us. Whether we view them as friends, workmates, symbols, totems, or food, animals matter to us, and we want to tell their stories.
  In this collection, thirty-seven writers from across Canada tell thought-provoking stories of extraordinary encounters with a variety of animals—from rats and salamanders to wolves and bears. From tributes to a favourite cat or dog to tales of a chance encounter with a moose or a cougar, these stories are sure to entertain and enlighten. The writers are people who spend time in the company of animals, paying close attention to them and their natures, and the lessons they can teach us.
In the Company of Animals features stories from well-known Canadian authors including Farley Mowat, Richard Wagamese, David Weale, Linda Johns, Anny Scoones, and David Adams Richards, Jacqueline Windh and many others. My chapter is about a certain harbour seal ...

Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast

Foreword: David Suzuki; Afterword: Wade Davis; overall slavemaster: Mark Hobson. The 160-page book is now in its second printing and highlights the art pieces, most of which are originals,  from 50 incredible Canadian and First Nation artists like Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Craig Benson, Carol Evans, Lissa Calvert and Roy Henry Vickers.  The art is featured with writings, including my poem "Eight Storeys High 250 Metres Down".  All works are grouped into one of nine chapters that cover the region, the people, sea birds, land mammals, marine mammals, forests, estuaries, salmon, and the underwater marine life of Canada’s raincoast, including the Queen Charlotte Basin and the Great Bear Rainforest. A gorgeous coffee-table hardcover published by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation - buying one helps the cause.

Force Field – 77 Women Poets of BC 

The first anthology of women poets of British Columbia in thirty-four years

Edited by Susan Musgrave
Published by Mother Tongue Publishing

Maleea Acker, Joanne Arnott, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Jacqueline Baldwin, Michelle Barker, Rhonda Batchelor, Yvonne Blomer, Leanne Boschman, Fran Bourassa, Marilyn Bowering, Kate Braid, Connie Braun, Margo Button, Anne Cameron, Marlene Cookshaw, Judith Copithorne, Susan Cormier, Lorna Crozier, Jen Currin, Daniela Elza, Cathy Ford, Carla Funk, Maxine Gadd, Rhonda Ganz, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Heidi Garnett, Lakshmi Gill, Kim Goldberg, Alisa Gordaneer, Heidi Greco, Heather Haley, Diana Hartog, Diana Hayes, Joelene Heathcote, Karen Hofmann, Leah Horlick, Aislinn Hunter, Gillian Jerome, Elena E. Johnson, Eve Joseph, Donna Kane, Sonnet L’Abbe, Larissa Lai, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Zoe Landale, Evelyn Lau, Julia Leggett, Angela Long, Christine Lowther, Sandra Lynn Lynxleg, Rhona McAdam, Susan McCaslin, Hannah Main-van der Kamp, Daphne Marlatt, Jessica Michalofsky, Jane Munro, Catherine Owen, Shauna Paull, Miranda Pearson, Meredith Quartermain, Rebekah Rempel, Linda Rogers, Rachel Rose, Laisha Rosnau, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Sandy Shreve, Melanie Siebert, Susan Stenson, Cathy Stonehouse, Sharon Thesen, Ursula Vaira, Betsy Warland, Gillian Wigmore, Rita Wong, Onjana Yawnghwe, Patricia Young, Jan Zwicky.


Walk Myself Home

An Anthology to End Violence Against Women
edited by Andrea Routley
Shortlisted: Monday Magazine's M Award for Best Non-Fiction (2011)
Favourably reviewed in Prairie Fire and endorsed by Bitch magazine!
There is an epidemic of violence against women in Canada and the world. For many women physical and sexual assault, or the threat of such violence, is a daily reality. Walk Myself Home is an anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and oral interviews on the subject of violence against women including contributions by Kate Braid, Yasuko Thanh and Susan Musgrave. My poem "Lighten Up" appears.
The poetry in this collection should not be missed.” –Bitchmedia website

My piece in this collection is about participating in a logging blockade.

Stories of Ordinary People
Compiled & Edited by Kate Penner

This anthology explores of issue of acting out of conscience: the common light among those who seek peace, and social and environmental justice. The stories and poems we present here step physically, emotionally, spiritually and structurally across critical boundaries to speak out of moral conviction....


Wild Moments

In this anthology edited by Michael Engelhard, I have a chapter called "A Cure for Despair".

"Wild Moments presents some of the best and most innovative nonfiction writing in an environmental context, and it will be of interest to all readers with a passion and concern for the natural world."


  1. Congrats on the new blog, Chris! Lookin' good!

    Kim :)

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  4. Born Out of This is the most wonderful read. Chris's lyrical and observant description of the natural wonders she lives surrounded by are a delight to anyone who is in love with Mother Earth. Am now eagerly awaiting her next book!

  5. Dear Chris,

    My name is Nikki Dunne. I’m working as a research assistant for Dr Niamh Moore, at the University of Edinburgh, along with my colleagues Mary Hanlon and Martina Karels.

    During the 1990s, Niamh conducted PhD research, relating to eco/feminist activism in Clayoquot Sound. Niamh is currently in the process of creating an online archive with the purpose of sharing the interviews, oral histories and other materials collected during the research. This archive will include interview transcripts, interview audio recordings and other documents about the camp and campaign. The archive is intended to enable individuals interested in eco/feminism, activism, the Clayoquot Peace Camp, and the research project itself to access and engage with these unique and important historical materials. Social and digital media have networked activists and scholars in new alliances, and digitising the archive will make it available to such global networks.

    I'd like to discuss the archive and your participation further with you, but unfortunately don't have a contact address for you? Perhaps you could get in touch with us instead at clayoquotlives at

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,

    Nikki Dunne (on behalf of Dr. Niamh Moore, Chancellors Fellow, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh)

    1. Hi Nikki, thanks for the msg, that web address doesn't work though! My email is

  6. Comments from Joe K and Bruce Cockburn! Wonderful!

  7. My father was a poet who taught at UBC and knew Pat. We were so haunted by the news and circumstances of her death. Unfortunately it would not be the last time he came home with news that a female colleague had been murdered by her husband. Coming across the book Born of This is such a revelation. Even someone who knows nothing about nature can appreciate the writing, perhaps even more. I feel so much better knowing that Pat's daughter managed to somehow become a talented writer herself in spite of being raised in foster homes in the aftermath of such tragedy. I am so enjoying reading about the little I know of the coast line of my home province. Best wishes - Susan Stevenson

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