Patricia Kathleen (P.K.) Page is one of this country’s outstanding writers and poets. She has published over 20 books and long been recognized internationally. In 2001, her poem Planet Earth was selected by the United Nations as a centrepiece of a year-long Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry for international broadcast by satellite. Her paintings are less well-known, signed with her married name of Irwin. Her art hangs in permanent collections at the National Gallery, and in the art galleries of Ontario, Vancouver, Victoria and Windsor. Among her awards are: six honorary doctorates; Officer of the Order of Canada, 1977; Companion of the Order of Canada, 1999; and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002.