Edward Byrne

Edward (Ted) Byrne was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and moved to Vancouver in the late 1960s. For many years he was a researcher and later a director at the Trade Union Research Bureau. As a collective member of the Kootenay School of Writing (KSW) for over fifteen years, he organized readings, led seminars, wrote grant applications, and edited several issues of the journal W. He has been an active member of the Lacan Salon and one of its directors since 2010. He has a master’s degree in comparative literature from UBC. He has translated poetry from French, Old French, German, and Italian. His books include Aporia (1989), Beautiful Lies (1995), Duets (2018), A Flea the Size of Paris: The Old French fatrasies & fatras, with Donato Mancini (2020), and, as co-editor, The Recovery of the Public World: Essays on Poetics in Honour of Robin Blaser (1999). He gave a paper at the Robert Duncan centennial conference at the Sorbonne in 2019. He recently co-edited, with Hilda Fernandez, an issue of the online journal Contours (SFU Institute for the Humanities). The issue, “In a Time of Plagues”, offered psychoanalytic reflections on the current COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently working on The Seventh Chamber, a sequel to his book Beautiful Lies, as well as papers on the early Renaissance Italian poet Guido Cavalcanti, the French philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, and the poet Norma Cole.