Bernadette Rule was born in Kentucky, educated at Purdue University, and now lives in Dundas, Ontario. She taught English at Mohawk College. where she also hosted a weekly arts-interview radio program, Art Waves (archive.org/details/artwaves). Rule serves on the executive of the Hamilton Poetry Centre.
She has published six collections of poetry, most recently The Literate Thief: Selected Poems (Larkspur Press). The collection later published as Gardening At The Mouth of Hell won the poetry prize at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival in 1991.
“Many of Rule’s poems speak to the ancestral history of ritual, and the similarity and continuance that underlies contemporary incidents, and provides a reprieve from the more alienating, fellowship-threatening aspects of modern life” (Jason Camlot, Journal of Canadian Poetry).
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Bernadette is also a contributor to Anniversary Poems (2013) and to Poems for a Birthday (2020).