Trevor Carolan began writing at age 17 for The Columbian newspaper in New Westminster before attending UBC and travelling widely in Europe and Asia.   He received an M.A. in English at Humboldt State in California, and on graduating began profiling and interviewing outstanding personalities from the world of arts and culture.  He served as first Executive Director of the Federation of B.C. Writers in the early l980s, enjoyed a variety of teaching appointments, and also served as Literary Coordinator for the 15th Olympic Winter Games Arts Festival in Calgary.   In 2006, he earned his Ph.D. at Bond University in Queensland, Australia for interdisciplinary studies involving Literature, Ecology and ideas of the Sacred in International Relations.

A former elected municipal Councillor in the District of North Vancouver, Trevor has worked as media advocate on behalf of international human rights, Pacific Coast watershed issues, and First Nations land claims.  As councillor, he worked to preserve the East Seymour area’s Cove and Mountain Forests from logging and massive real estate development, was instrumental in shepherding the Varley Trail in Lynn Headwaters into being, and first proposed the idea of re-designating the Seymour Logging Demonstration Forest to the Lower Seymour Conservation Area. 

Currently the International Editor of the Pacific Rim Review of Books, he teaches English and Creative Writing at University of the Fraser Valley.  He has published many books of non-fiction, poetry, fiction, translations, and anthologies, as well as scores of articles and interviews.   His work has appeared in five languages and includes Giving Up Poetry: With Allen Ginsberg at Hollyhock, a memoir of his studies with the late-American writer and activist;   Return To Stillness: Twenty Years With A Tai Chi Master, which received a Best Books of Year Citation, spiritual category, from New York critics in 2004; and Making Waves, an edited essay collection on B.C. & Pacific Northwest literature.


Contact Information

Patrick Harrison

Chair of the Centre for Sustainability

1-888-504-7441 ext. 4348

Abbotsford A Building Room 317


Mailing Address

Patrick Harrison

Chair of the Centre for Sustainability

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road

Abbotsford, British Columbia

V2S 7M8

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