The Bud Osborn (1947-2014) Collection contains selected poems written by the late social activist and poet Bud Osborn, with accompanying images by artist Richard Tetrault, and in collaboration with designers David Bircham and David Lester.
Originally from the United States, Bud Osborn moved from Toronto to the Downtown Eastside (DTES) community in 1986. As someone who had the lived experience of addiction and overcame his own struggles, he became an important figure and social activist in the DTES community of Vancouver. A founding member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drugs (VANDU), Osborn’s activism fought boldly against issues of gentrification, social exclusion, and the stigmas that are all too often connected to mental health and drug use. His poetry touches upon many of these themes, and together, they paint an intimate and honest portrait of the struggles that coincide with addiction, homelessness, poverty, illness, death, and drug use. We hope that by fostering access to his work, this collection of poems can help to better educate, inspire, and more importantly, raise awareness of not only Bud Osborn’s life, but of those facing these issues in their everyday lives.
Note: Suggested Topics refer to Carnegie Centre Special Collections Index and prints by Richard Tetrault