Tim Lilburn was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has published nine books of poetry, including To the River (1999), Kill-site (2003) and Orphic Politics (2008).
His work has received Canada’s Governor General’s Award (for Kill-site), the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award among other prizes. A selection of his poetry is collected in Desire Never Leaves: the Poetry of Tim Lilburn (Wilfird Laurier University Press, 2007), edited by Alison Calder.
Lilburn has produced two books of essays, both concerned with poetics, eros and politics, especially environmentalism, Living in the World as if It Were Home (1999) and Going Home (2008). He also has edited and contributed to two influential essay anthologies on poetics, Poetry and Knowing and Thinking and Singing: Poetry and the Practice of Philosophy. He has written at length on Plato and thinkers in the Christian contemplative tradition, such as John Cassian and the author of The Cloud of Unknowing, in the belief that a resuscitation of this tradition may have a decolonizing effect.
Lilburn has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Alberta and St. Mary’s University, as well as the Regina Public Library, and now teaches in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria. His work has been widely translated and anthologized. His most recent book is Assiniboia, an opera for chant in three parts, sections of which have been choreographed and performed by contemporary dance companies in Canada.
利爾本曾出版兩本論文集：《生存在世，猶如在家》（ 1999）及《回家》（ 2008），探討詩學、愛慾與政治，尤其關注環境論。他亦是論文集《詩學及知識》及《想像和歌唱：詩歌及哲學實踐》的編輯兼撰文者，兩本論文集均對詩學影響深遠。此外，他相信基督教的默想傳統或有助去殖民化，故曾大篇幅撰文論述柏拉圖和其他倡導默想傳統的思想家，如約翰．卡西安及《不明之雲》的作家。利爾本曾於加拿大西安大略大學、阿爾伯塔大學、聖瑪麗大學及里賈納公共圖書館當駐校作家，現於維多利亞大學寫作系任教。