Bowering has published more than 80 books. His poetry collections include Urban Snow (1991), George Bowering Selected: Poems 1961–1992 (1993), Blonds on Bikes (1997), Changing on the Fly: The Best Lyric Poems of George Bowering (2004), and Teeth (2013). Bowering has also published poetry under the pen name Ellen Field. He is the author of the short story collection The Rain Barrel (1994) and collaborated with Ryan Knighton on the short story collection Cars (2002) and with Angela Bowering, David Bromige, and Michael Matthews on the novel Piccolo Mondo (1998). Bowering edited the short story anthologies Likely Stories: A Post-Modern Sampler (1992, coedited with Linda Hutcheon) and And Other Stories (2001). His novels include Burning Water (1980) and Caprice (1987); his historical nonfiction includes Bowering’s B.C.: A Swashbuckling History (1996) and Egotists and Autocrats: The Prime Ministers of Canada (1999). Bowering’s writing has been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, German, Chinese, and Romanian.
A founding editor of the avant-garde poetry journal TISH, Bowering also edited the Imago and has served as a contributing editor for Open Letter. Canada’s first parliamentary poet laureate, Bowering has received the Governor General’s Literary Award in both Poetry and Fiction, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and of the Order of British Columbia. Selections of his papers are held at the Queen’s University archives, the University of British Columbia library, and the University of Calgary. Bowering has taught at the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario, and Simon Fraser University. He lives in Vancouver, BC.