FERN G. Z. CARR is a former lawyer, teacher and past President of both the local branch of the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Project Literacy Kelowna Society. She is a Full Member of the League of Canadian Poets and has served as the League's Poet-in-Residence mentoring young writers. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Carr composes and translates poetry in six languages including Mandarin Chinese.
Cited as a contributor to India's Prakalpana Literary Movement, Carr has been published extensively worldwide including: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, England, Finland, France, Holland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mauritius, Mayotte Island (Mozambique Channel), Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Scotland, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, USA and Wales.
She has won several poetry contests such as Il Meleto di Guido Gozzano for her poem in English and her Italian translation - one of four poets chosen for Canada in this international competition. She has had her poetry set to music by a Juno-nominated singer-composer and performed at London's Home County's Folk Festival. In addition to Editor's Choice and Author's Choice Awards, her poem, "I Am", was selected by the former Parliamentary Poet Laureate as Poem of the Month for Canada.
Carr is deeply honoured to have one of her poems currently orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.
Fern G. Z. Carr
lives in Kelowna, BC