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Pearl Pirie

Latest: footlights was a finalist for the Lampman Award. Pirie was editor of short precision, issue 19 of Guest: Journal of Guest Editors, (Sept 2021). New chapbook: rain’s small gestures (Apt 9 Press, 2021)

Her Patreon page is here. Get sneak peaks at poems and my life.

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 in just over 4 months. Order it. Download the free footlights colouring book.

Chapbooks: Mudflaps for short dogs, (Trainwreck Press, July 2021) is surreal, concrete and machine poetry. Water loves its bridges (The Alfred Gustav Press, Dec 2020) is an epistle haibun. Not Quite Dawn (Éditions des petits nuages, March, 2020) is haiku, Call Down the Walls (Frog Hollow Press, Feb. 2019) are disability poems. Eldon, letters (above/ground, August, 2019) is a haibun collection.

Awards & Honours: footlights was longlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and shortlisted for the Lampman Award. 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.

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

—Sandra Ridley on the pet radish, shrunken

Studio Nouveau is her online workshops & pop-up readings. phafours and Noun Trivet Press are her publishing arms. Chalkpaths editing is her manuscript service. Since 2014 she has written the cooking column, Planet of the Scapes, for The Centretown Buzz.

Current member of: QWF, TWUC, Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada, and the LCP. Former member of the Editors’ Association of Canada. Pirie is profiled on the poet page of the Haiku Foundation.

Thanks and appreciation to the Canada Council for the Arts for a 2021 Explore and Create Research and Creation Literature Grant.

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