Picture of Pearl
Photo by Roland Prevost
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 is director of the Tree Reading Series and is president of regional haiku group KaDo, is on the organizing committee for VERSeFest and the board of Friends of Wakefield Library. 

She is a host of Literary Landscape on She runs phafours press which has released 2 dozen titles.  22 single-author chapbooks, 3 poetry collections, 6 broadsides, 18 group chapbooks, and poems in in half a dozen anthologies have been published.

Chalkpaths is her manuscript service.  Studio Nouveau  is the workshops & pop-up readings arm (with next workshops Feb 2018).

Pirie's 3rd full collection, the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015), won the Lampman Award. Her 2nd collection Thirsts (Snare, 2011) won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.


Recent, noteable and soon:

  • In Halibut, Got news, [Jan 2018]
  • In Big Smoke, issue #5, Sleeping with Head Injuries [Jan 2018]
  • Matrix [Oct 2017 haiku and more issue]
  • Canadian Literature [spring 2017]
  • Erotic Haiku Anthology: Of Skin on Skin [May, 2017]
  • Gush: Menstruation anthology [Frontenac House, Spring 2018]
  • Bywords [Spring 2018]
  • to get all we desire, a rout/e, broadside (CSArt project) [Sept 2016, being bound into a chapbook, 2017]
  • At Emily Izsak's New Recruits Episode 22: Serena Posner Reads Pearl Pirie
  • Toddler poem up at One Sentence Poems [Sept, 2016]
  • Pirie's poem from Filling Station was chosen as part of 2014's  Best Canadian Poetry  in English 2014 Anthology (Tightrope).  
  • A front page article on her at the Kitchissippi Times  here .


Pirie has over a dozen chapbooks, most recently 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). Previous collections include been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010). 


Pirie photographs Ottawa’s rich, amazing literary scene. She has been a food columnist at  Planet of the Scapes  for the  Centretown Buzz  since 2014. She gives workshops and talks on poetry for various organizations. 


See the long CV.






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