Ron Jansenn

Judith Copithorne

Born in Vancouver in 1939 to an artistic family, Judith Copithorne is a poet and writer who has made notable contributions to concrete poetry and other intermedia contexts from the 1960s through to the present. In the 1960s and 1970s, she was identified as a member of Vancouver’s “downtown poets” and was involved with Vancouver’s alternative art venues, including Sound Gallery, Motion Studio, and Intermedia. She was published in the first issues of blewointment and Ganglia and continues to publish her work today with small or private presses. Her work has been anthologized in New Direction in Canadian Poetry (1971), The Cosmic Chef (1970), Four Parts Sand (1972), THE LAST BLEWOINTMENT ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 (1985), The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry, 1998–2008 (2012), and Judith: An Anthology of Women Making Visual Poetry (2021), among other places. Her work has been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions and is widely influential for multiple generations of poets living and working today.