Bio

Picture of Pearl
2018
bpNichol lane
Book geek shot on bpNichol Lane outside Coach House. Photo by Brian Pirie
I gratefully  acknowledge the financial support  
of The League of Canadian Poets (travel grant, 2010),
Canada Council (Literary Reading grants, ongoing),
City of Ottawa (Creation and Production Fund for
Professional Artists, 2013), and the Ontario Arts
Council (Writers' Reserve grants, 2012, 2013, 2014).
   
 

 

Pearl Pirie's 3rd trade poetry collection,  the pet radish, shrunken  (Book*hug, 2015)  won  the  Lampman Award . The manuscript of her 2nd collection,  Thirsts  (Snare, 2011) won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Just released is Call Down the Walls (Frog Hollow Press, Feb. 2019) 

 

Enroll for her 4-week short poem class at Thinkific which runs February and March. It may be offered again Fall 2019.

 

Recent, noteable and soon:

 

Chalkpaths is her manuscript service. If you would like a close read and careful comments on your book. 

 

Studio Nouveau is the workshops & pop-up readings arm (with next workshops Feb 2019 on small poems).

 

Pirie is on the organizing committee for VERSeFest and the board of Friends of Wakefield Library and is a librarian at the same. She is a past-president of regional haiku group KaDo (2015-2018) and was treasurer (2015-2019). She is the former director of the Tree Reading Series (Mar 2016-Mar 2018).  She is has been a food columnist with the Centretown Buzz since 2014. She was a host of Literary Landscape on CKCUfm.com from 2013-2018. She runs phafours press (2007-) which has released over 4 dozen titles.  

 

She has over 2 dozen single-author chapbooks, 3 poetry collections, 6 broadsides, 18 group chapbooks, and poems in in half a dozen anthologies have been published. Her most recently published chapbooks include: Broken Fractal Fractions (No Press, 2018), rob plunder give (Battleaxe, 2018),  Sex in Sevens (above/ground, Sept, 2016), An Ongoing Lack of Spontaneous Combustion ( words(on)pages, April, 2016), Reviews of Non-existent Titles (Shreeking Violet Press, 2015),  Please Don't Tickle the Salamander's Belly (In/Words, 2015), Writing Sparks (phafours, 2015), vertigoheel for the dilly and today's woods (above/ground, 2014). 

 

Pirie gives workshops and talks on poetry for various organizations. 

 

See the long CV.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for past support by: