Gary Geddes is a poet, anthologist and translator, born in Vancouver in 1940. Once described as "Canada's best political poet," Gary Geddes is the author and editor of numerous books of poetry and non-fiction. Prior to his retirement and return to the West Coast in 1998, Geddes taught for many years at Concordia University in Montréal and was a distinguished professor of Canadian culture at Western Washington University. His poetry depicts characters considering their responsibilities to the larger human community. His poetry collections include Letter of the Master of Horse (1973), War & Other Measures (1976), The Acid Test (1981), The Terracotta Army (1984, republished in 2007), Changes of State (1986) and No Easy Exit (1989). Geddes's 2001 memoir, Sailing Home: A Journey Through Time, Place and Memory, was a Canadian bestseller. He returned to his lifelong interest in the human cost of political conflict in his non-fiction work The Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things: An Impossible Journey from Kabul to Chiapas (2005). He was the 2008 recipient of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.