Marilyn Bowering has had two previous volumes of poetry nominated for the Governor General's Award: Autobiography and The Sunday Before Winter. The former also won the Pat Lowther Award. Her novel Visible Worlds received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize. Bowering is also the author of Human Bodies: New and Selected Poems and the novel To All Appearances a Lady. She lives in Sooke, British Columbia.