Patrick Friesen

Patrick Friesen, formerly of Winnipeg, now lives on Vancouver Island, writing, and teaching part-time at the University of Victoria. He writes poetry, essays, drama, scripts, songs, and text for dance and music; he has also co-translated several Danish poetry books with P. K. Brask. Friesen adapted his book The Shunning for stage; it premiered at the Prairie Theatre Exchange in 1985 and was staged in 2011 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. He has collaborated with various musicians including Big Dave McLean, Cate Friesen and Marilyn Lerner, and with choreographers/dancers Margie Gillis, Stephanie Ballard and Ruth Cansfield. Friesen has recorded two CDs of text and improv music with Marilyn Lerner, and with Lerner, cellist Peggy Lee and percussionist Niko Friesen. He has appeared at literary and jazz festivals with Lerner. Friesen also teaches, part-time, as a sessional in the Writing Department at the University of Victoria. His most recent poetry book were jumping in the asylum (Quattro Press, 2011) and a dark boat (Anvil Press, 2012).