Daphne Marlatt was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in Penang, Malaysia, until her family immigrated to Canada in 1951. She is the author of the novels Ana Historic and Taken. She has published numerous collections of poetry, including Steveston, Touch to My Tongue, Salvage, This Tremor Love Is, and The Given, which won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2006, she was appointed to the Order of Canada. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.