Miranda Pearson was born in Kent, England. She attended art school at East London Polytechnic, and studied at the University of Brighton. She moved to Canada in 1991 to work as a Psychiatric Nurse. She received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she was Poetry Editor for Prism International. Pearson has taught Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University. She was the poetry mentor at the SFU Writer's Studio 2007-11, and has since taught various Continuing Studies courses at SFU. Pearson lives in Vancouver where she works in Community Mental Health and provides private manuscript consultation and editorial input for poetry in progress.
"We live such flammable lives, writes Pearson in the title poem for her fourth collection, The Fire Extinguisher (Oolichan $17.95). Again Pearson evokes the struggle to live outside and beyond vulgarity and catastrophe, bravely beholden to glimpses of grace. There are some particularly sublime and subtle poems about human frailty when a body has been invaded by the c-word." (Ron Smith).
Pearson’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including: The Malahat Review, Event, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Arc, and Prairie Fire. Her poems appear in many anthologies, most recently: The Revolving City 51 Poems and the Stories behind Them - Ed. Wayde Compton & Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Anvil Press 2015, Seventy Five Women Poets – Ed. Susan Musgrave. Poetry. Mother Tongue Publishing 2013, The Bright Well – Canadian Poets Write about Cancer Ed. Fiona Lam, Leaf Press, 2012.
Her seven chapbooks include: Fire and Ice– Ed.: Catherine Owen, 2013, Jane (Light Factory Publications) 2007, Spanish Greens (Light Factory Publications) 2006, and After The Body (Reference West Publishing) 1996.
Pearson has contributed several book reviews and essays to Event and Arc magazines. Her poems were selected for BC’s 2002, 2010 and 2015 Poetry in Transit program. Numerous appearances on CBC including North by North West arts program. A long poem from The Aviary—Silver Collection—was published in an art catalogue produced to accompany the exhibition, “Polish”, an installation by artist Mary Kavanagh. In 2009 a CD, Selected Poems 2001-2009 was recorded, with original music by Paul Plimley.
Pearson has attended many arts residencies including at Vermont Arts Centre, Banff Writer’s Studio, Sage Hill, St. Peter’s Abbey, and Emma Lake Saskatchewan. Recent public readings include: the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival, the University of Victoria's Word Thaw Festival, Simon Fraser University's Lunch Time Poetry and Border Crossing Series, Sechelt Arts Centre, Vancouver125 Poetry Conference, Whitehorse Poetry Festival. In the UK she has read at The Poets Café, London and Word Play Writer’s Festival, Shetland. Numerous appearances at Vancouver Public Library Dead Poets Society and at Word on The Street.