to Patrick Lane read
“Wild Horses”

to an interview
with Patrick on
The Next Chapter

with Shelagh Rogers,
CBC Radio One, which
aired in January, 2012.


and Events


October 18–28, 2018
International Festival of Authors

Harbourfront Centre

February 20, 2018, 7:30pm
Munro's Books

1108 Government Street, Victoria
Launch and author reading for Deep River Night

and Events

September 29, 2017, 7:30pm
Victoria Festival of Authors

Metro Theatre, Victoria
A Life of Words: The Legacy of Lorna Crozier & Patrick Lane

April 8, 2017, 8pm
Our Canada with the Victoria Symphony
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a concert exploring our country’s rich literary community and connection to music.
Alix Goolden Hall 

April 6, 2017, 7pm

A Pavilion of Blossoms: Poets Respond to Spring

Art Gallery of Victoria

and Events

May 27, 2016: Honorary Doctorate from University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George

Patrick Lane will receive an honorary doctorate from UNBC.

January 28, 2016: Honorary Doctorate from Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo
Patrick Lane will receive an honorary doctorate from Vancouver Island University. 2:30pm

and Events

October 13–18
Wordfest in Calgary

With Lorna Crozier and more than 70 other artists.

June 1, 2015: Honorary Doctorate from McGill University, Montreal
Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier will both receive honorary doctorates from McGill.

May 1–3
Hubbards Writers Festival with Lorna Crozier

April 21
An Evening of Poetry with Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane
St. Stephen's Church, 7921 St Stephens Rd, Saanichton

March 24–29
A World of Poetry in Ottawa
(with Lorna Crozier)

February 13
Sidney Literary Festival
7:00 pm
The Red Brick Café, 2423 Beacon Ave., Sidney
(with Lorna Crozier)





and Events

January 9–12
Honeymoon Bay Writing Retreat

April 25–27
BC Writers Federation Annual General Meeting
Victoria, BC
with Lorna Crozier

May 15–18
Skagit River Poetry Festival
La Conner, Washington
Winner of Ennis Award

July 17–20
Honeymoon Bay Retreat

November 2
launches at Open Space in Victoria

November 13–16
Honeymoon Bay Writing Retreat

November 22, 2014
Order of Canada
Investiture Ceremony

Ottawa. For a live webcast vist at 10:30 EST


photo Chris Hancock Donaldson

“Considering the vision Lane brought to bear on these poems over five decades—of suffering as a universal determinant, of a pitiless submission to the bedrock of Time and mortality—it amounts to no small miracle that they acquit themselves throughout with such a lucid, generous eye for the unsung and excluded; and such an abiding dignity in their rhythms of blind continuance, cyclic return, and compromised peace. Patrick Lane’s poems walked to the edge of a precipice—in that moment of emergency we might still see the outline of a nation trying to wake up.”   —Ken Babstock

Patrick Lane’s most recent collection of poetry, Washita, is available from Harbour Publishing and independent book stores that stock poetry.


MAY 2016
In a convocation ceremony on May 27, 2016, University of Northern British Columbia presented Patrick Lane with an Honorary Doctorate. Read a transcript of his convocation address here.

May 19: As part of the Gordon Smith Lecture Series, the Centre for Global Studies in cooperation with Royal Roads Unversity presented Minutes to Midnight – Why 865 Order of Canada Recipients Call for Nuclear Disarmament lecture and book launch with Murray Thomson. Patrick Lane was one of a group who presented their pieces in person. Read his call for disarmament here.

In a convocation ceremony on January 28, 2016, Vancouver Island University presented Patrick Lane with an Honorary Doctor of Letters. Watch a video of his speech here (scroll down to the second video) or read a transcript of his address to graduates here.

Brick Books is celebrating Canadian poetry by featuring a different poet every week. In week 48, poet Crystal Hurdle presents a poem she wrote for Patrick Lane. Read the poem and back story here.

OCTOBER 7, 2015 
Patrick Lane’s most recent collection, Washita, has been nominated for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. Mr. Lane has been nominated several times before, and won the award in 1978 for Poems New and Selected.

The Toronto Quarterly interviewed Patrick Lane about his new book, Washita. Patrick answered many questions about writing and about poetry and was asked to describe, in terms of writing, his idea of a perfect day. Read his answer here.

The Order of Canada

On November 21, 2014, Governor General David Johnston presented Patrick Lane with the Order of Canada, recognizing his more than 50 years of contribution to Canadian poetry and literature.


Patrick Lane is our most essential poet: tough, tender, fearless, and beautifully dangerous. For decades he has been our guide to darkness,
and our provider of unexpected flashes of brilliant, almost blinding light.
Now gathered together in one spot, the poetry of his life enhances
and energizes us, and takes us to places we would never go on our own.
Lane is a true Master. 

— Jane Urquhart

Available at bookstores and through Harbour Publishing.