Richard Sanger Feature
Sanger is a poet and playwright who lives in Toronto with his
wife, Deborah Lambie, an actor, and their children, Malcolm and
Louis. Richard is the author of Shadow Cabinet, a book of
poems published by Vehicule Press in 1996, and several plays,
including the Governor General Award nominated, Not Spain.
His plays continue to be performed and his poetry has appeared
widely, not only in Canada, but in the United States and Great
Britain in such journals as the London Review of Books, the
Times Literary Supplement and Poetry Review. Richard
has taught at the University of Toronto, and held positions as
Writer in Residence with the University of New Brunswick and the
University of Calgary.
Richard Sanger grew up in Ottawa, but before he
graduated from high school, his family moved to London, England.
He studied and worked in France, traveled in Spain, then did an
undergraduate degree in Spanish and Philosophy at the University
of Edinburgh, where he met his wife. Upon completion of the
degree, Richard and Deborah returned to Spain, where they worked
teaching English as a second language .
After two years in
Seville, Richard and Debbie moved to Berlin, where they continued
to support themselves by teaching English. Debbie acted, Richard
learned German, and the clouds of Chernobyl passed over them. In
1987, Richard returned to Canada to do a doctorate at the
University of Toronto (which he completed in 1993); he has been
based in Toronto ever since.
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