Arleen pare

Arleen Paré. Courtesy

Arleen Paré
Born Montreal, Quebec
Occupation poet
Nationality Canadian
Period 2000s-present
Notable work(s) Paper Trail, Lake of Two Mountains

Arleen Paré (born 1946)[1] is a Canadian poet and novelist.


Originally from Montreal, Quebec,[2] Paré was educated in social work and adult education, and worked in social services in Vancouver, British Columbia for much of her professional career.[3] She later left her social services job to study creative writing at the University of Victoria.[4]

Her first book, Paper Trail, was published in 2007. A blend of poetry and prose about a businesswoman finding herself stifled by the weight of corporate bureaucracy,[3] She followed up with the novel Leaving Now in 2012.[5]

An out lesbian,[6] Paré also serves on the advisory board of the LGBT literary magazine Plenitude.[6]


Paper Trail was a shortlisted nominee for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2008,[7] and won that year's City of Victoria Butler Book Award.[8]

Her 2014 poetry collection Lake of Two Mountains won the Governor General's Award for English-language poetry.[9]



  • Paper Trail. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 2007.
  • Lake of Two Mountains. London, ON: Brick Books, 2014.
  • He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car. Halfmoon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press, 2015.
  • The Girls with Stone Faces. London, ON: Brick Books, 2017.


  • Leaving Now. Halfmoon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press, 2012.
Arleen Paré reads from Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books)

Arleen Paré reads from Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books)

Except where noted,bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[10]

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  1. Pare, Arleen, 1946-, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 23, 2017.
  2. "Poetry to warm the wintry soul; Writer's lifelong journey is all about learning". Victoria Times-Colonist, December 27, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Who says bureaucrat's life is a waste of time?; Arleen Pare used her experience to produce a prizewinning book". Victoria Times-Colonist, November 30, 2008.
  4. "Brick Books Coast to Coast: An interview with Arleen Paré". Open Book Toronto, April 2, 2014.
  5. ""Leaving Now" by Arleen Pare". All Points West (CBCV-FM], August 13, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Arleen Paré on Fact, Fiction, and her new book, 'Leaving Now'". Plenitude, 2012.
  7. "Writers with Island ties dominate list of nominees; Winners to be announced at gala on April 26". Victoria Times-Colonist, March 7, 2008.
  8. "Tale of paper trail a winner". Victoria Times-Colonist, October 16, 2008.
  9. "Thomas King wins Governor General’s award for fiction". The Globe and Mail, November 18, 2014.
  10. Search results = au:Arleen Pare, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 23, 2017.

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