Bromige was born in London and grew up in the midst of the Blitz. His family narrowly escaped the bombings, an experience which he cited as shaping his poetic perspective. He was interested in writing at an early age, but it was at the University of British Columbia that he was encouraged to publish by poets such as George Bowering, Fred Wah, Frank Davey, David Dawson, and Jamie Reid. This encouragement led to considerable success. Over the course of his career, Bromige published over thirty books and received a Western States Poetry Award, a Pushcart Prize, two grants from the Poetry Foundation, and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He also taught English at Sonoma State University for over twenty years, retiring in 1993.