Rhea Tregebov is the author of six volumes of poetry: Remembering History, No One We Know, The Proving Grounds, Mapping the Chaos, The Strength of Materials, and, most recently, (alive), a volume of selected and new poems which was released by Wolsak and Wynn in September 2004. Her poetry has received the Pat Lowther Award, the Malahat Review Long Poem prize, Honorable Mention for the National Magazine Awards (poetry) and the Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry from Prairie Schooner. She is currently working on her seventh collection, whose working title is “Final Notice.” Her first novel, “The Knife-Sharpener’s Bell,” is forthcoming in Fall 2009 from Coteau Press (Regina).
Arguing with the Storm: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers, an anthology which she co-translated as well as edited, was published in March 2007 in Canada by Sumach Press and in March 2008 in the United States by The Feminist Press of CUNY. She has published translations of poetry from Spanish and French and has edited and/or co-translated translations of poetry, fiction and nonfiction from a variety of languages, including Finnish, Catalan and Bosnian.
Tregebov is the editor of nine other anthologies of essays, poetry and fiction for a number of presses, most recently Gifts: Poems for Parents. She has also published five children's picture books, including The Big Storm.
She studied at the University of Manitoba, Cornell and Boston University, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in English and American literature. In January 2005, she was hired as an Assistant Professor to teach poetry and translation in the Creative Writing Program at UBC in Vancouver. Prior to that appointment, she taught Creative Writing for many years in the Continuing Education program at Ryerson University in Toronto. She also worked as a freelance editor of adult and young adult fiction as well as poetry.