Bud Osborn has been a poet and social activist for nearly 40 years. A former director of the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board, Bud Osborn was instrumental in founding such harm reduction organizations as VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users), GTA (Grief to Action), and PRG (Political Response Group):. Recently he has launched Creative Resistance, a group that advocates the repeal of drug prohibition and its "War on Drugs" strategy. Bud Osborn’s poetry credo is "fidelity to lived experience." He has published five books of poetry which include Lonesome Monsters (Anvil, 1995), Hundred Block Rock (Arsenal Pulp, 1999), Oppenheimer Park (1998, in collaboration with artist Richard Tetrault), and Keys to Kingdoms (Get to the Point, 1999) which won the City of Vancouver Book Award.Bud Osborn passed away on May 6, 2014 in Vancouver.