John Pass was born in 1947 in Sheffield, England and has lived in Canada since 1953. Fourteen books and chapbooks of his work have been published and his poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, and abroad. In 2006, Stumbling in the Bloom won the Governor General's award for poetry. He has also won the Gillian Lowndes Award, the Canada Poetry prize, and awards from The League of Canadian Poets, the BC Federation of Writers and the BC Arts Council. His previous books, The Hour's Acropolis and Water Stair, were short listed for The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Water Stair was also short listed for the Governor General’s Award. John Pass lives near Sakinaw Lake on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast with his wife, writer Theresa Kishkan.
“John Pass balances intellect and humility in Stumbling in the Bloom. His poems celebrate the natural world, while painting portraits of our flawed but singular “ human family.”
— Judges’ Citation, GG Awards.