Born in Toronto , Ontario , Robertson moved to British Columbia in 1979, where she remained for twenty-three years. During her time there, she was a member of The Kootenay School of Writing , which is a writer-run collective, and Artspeak Gallery. From 1988 to 1994 she ran Proprioception Books, a bookstore in downtown Vancouver focusing on poetry, theory and criticism that also hosted readings.   Her first book was a chapbook , The Apothecary , published by Tsunami Editions in 1991.  Since then she has published eight books of poetry and two books of essays.