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About the TrustRalph Gustafson Portrait

The Ralph and Betty Gustafson Trust was established at Vancouver Island University in 1998 from the estate of the late Ralph Gustafson (1909 – 1995), one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets.

With the support of his widow Betty Gustafson, the Trust endows an annual Chair of Poetry at Vancouver Island University, which is devoted to advancing Canadian poetry and supporting deserving poets.

1999 Inauguration participants - Kate Braid, Gary Geddes, Robert Kroetsch, David Manicom, Susan Musgrave, William New, Alfredo Rizzardi, Wendy Robbins, Kevin Roberts, Ron Smith, Sharon Thesen.

Incumbents

  • 1999 Patricia Young
  • 2000 Susan Musgrave
  • 2001 Gary Geddes
  • 2002 Patrick Lane
  • 2003 Robert Bringhurst
  • 2004 Liz Lochhead
  • 2005 Don Domanski
  • 2006 Dionne Brand
  • 2007 Tom Wayman
  • 2008 Daphne Marlatt
  • 2009 Carol Ann Duffy
  • 2010 Don McKay
  • 2011 Jan Zwicky
  • 2012 Dennis Lee
  • 2013 Michael Crummey
  • 2014 Katherena Vermette
  • 2015 George Elliott Clarke