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Pearl Pirie

Pearl Pirie’s 4th poetry collection, footlights (Radiant Press, 2020) is “lyric grief-work, and joy-work, loss, resilience and finding small beauties.” Over 100 copies sold so far. Longlisted for the Pat Lowther Award.

Replay the footlights launch with interview with David O’Meara, on youtube here. Order.

Her newest chapbook an epistle haibun chapbook, Water loves its bridges (The Alfred Gustav Press, Dec 2020) by subscription. Also recent: Not Quite Dawn (Éditions des petits nuages, March, 2020).

the pet radish, shrunken (Book*hug, 2015), won the Lampman Award. Thirsts (Snare/Invisible, 2011) won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poems have been given the nod for Best Canadian Poetry in English 3 times.

Recent chapbooks include Call Down the Walls (Frog Hollow Press, Feb. 2019) and a haibun collection, Eldon, letters (above/ground, August, 2019).

“a taut balance of tension and joy, abandon and restraint”

—Sandra Ridley on the pet radish, shrunken

Pirie teaches poetry. Studio Nouveau is her online workshops & pop-up readings. phafours is her publishing arm. Chalkpaths editing is her manuscript service. Since 2014 she has written the cooking column, Planet of the Scapes, for the Centretown Buzz.

Full CV. Media Kit. Bookings.