Rhea Tregebov’s second novel, Rue des Rosiers, will be published by Coteau Books in Spring 2019. She is the author of seven critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently All Souls’, which was released by Véhicule Press  (Montreal) in 2012.  Her first novel, The Knife Sharpener’s Bell, was released by Coteau Books (Regina) in 2009. In addition to her poetry and adult fiction, she has written five popular children’s picture books. She is also the editor of numerous anthologies, including Arguing with the Storm, an anthology of stories by women writers which  she  co-translated from the Yiddish. She is currently working on an eighth collection of poetry.

Her work has received a number of literary prizes, including the J.I. Segal Award for her novel, and the Pat Lowther Award, Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award, and the Malahat Review Long Poem Award for her poetry.

Tregebov was born in Saskatoon and raised in Winnipeg, where she received her undergraduate education at the University of Manitoba. She did graduate work in literature at Cornell and Boston Universities, receiving her MA from BU in 1978. After working in Toronto for many years as a freelance author and editor, she moved to Vancouver in 2004 to teach in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia, where she taught workshops in poetry, children’s literature, fiction and translation from January 2005 to June 2017. She is now an Associate Professor Emerita.

FOR LINKS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on Rhea Tregebov on writers’ organizations and publishers websites click here.


If you are interested in purchasing Tregebov’s books, local independent bookstores such as  Galiano Island Books and  McNally Robinson (Winnipeg and Saskatoon) stock her books or can order them for you. For a full page of links to independent bookstores, click here.  For a general listing of independent booksellers, visit this listing at the Retail Council of Canada.

You may also wish to order directly from the publishers:

Véhicule Press

Coteau Books

Wolsak and Wynn

Feminist Press

You can find Tregebov’s books at Chapters/Indigo in Canada, on Amazon, (note that American readers can only purchase The Knife Sharpener’s Bell at Amazon.ca) and at Barnes & Noble in the USA.

BOOK CLUB MEMBERSThe Knife Sharpener’s Bell has been featured  as a selection for the Toronto Public Library’s on-line book club, Book Buzz and the UBC Alumni Book Club, and is available as a Book Club Kit from the Winnipeg Public Library. If you’re looking for background material on the novel, this interview with Rhea Tregebov may interest you.

READINGS: For an hour-long reading from Tregebov’s most recent collection of poetry, All Souls’ recorded in 2012, view this presentation recorded at Green College, UBC.