Beatriz Hausner was born in Santiago, Chile, and came to Canada with her family as a teenager. She has published several poetry collections, including The Wardrobe Mistress, Sew Him Up and Enter the Raccoon. Selected poems and chapbooks of hers have been published internationally and translated into several languages. Hausner is a respected historian and translator of Latin American Surrealism. Her history of advocacy in Canadian literary culture is also well known: she has worked as a literary programmer in Toronto and was Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission.