Canadian poet known for collections such as Winter Sun, The Dumbfounding, and No Time. She received both the Governor General's Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize.
She suffered from a teenage bout of anorexia that had resolved itself by the time she began her studies at the University of Toronto's Victoria College.
Her many odd jobs -- including social worker and librarian -- helped her to support herself as a writer.
The daughter of a Methodist minister, she re-converted to Christianity in 1963 after years of agnosticism.
She and fellow Canadian author Alice Munro both received the prestigious Governor General's Award on more than one occasion.