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'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:

  • Broken Fractal Fractions (No Press, 2018)
  • rob plunder give (Battleaxe, 2018)
  • Dinner Party: A Community Cookbook (Invisible, 2018)
  • Poemeleon: The Canadian issue ed., by rob mclennan, with Cameron Anstee, Juliane Okot Bitek, Sean Braune, Jason Christie, nathan dueck, Klara du Plessis, Amanda Earl, Claire Farley, Kerry Gilbert, Adele Graf, natalie hanna, Emily Izsak, Sonnet L’Abbé, Michael Lithgow, Canisia Lubrin, Marcus McCann, Annick MacAskill, Sarah MacDonell, Pearl Pirie, Julia Polyck-O’Neill, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Rebecca Salazar, Kate Siklosi, Sennah Yee and Suzanne Zelazo [Aug 2018]
  • The Best Canadian Poetry, 2018 [Nov 2018]
  • Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for our Time anthology [Frontenac House, June 2018]
  • Finalist for the Paterson Poetry Contest [May 2018]
  • a haiku in Starlight Pierced [April 2018]
  • Series at Poetry Mini-Interviews
  • In Halibut, Got news, [Jan 2018] and again [June 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]
  • 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 .


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. She was president of regional haiku group KaDo (2015-2018) and now stands as treasurer. 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 from 2013-2018. She ran phafours press (2007-2017) which  released over 2 dozen titles.  

She has 22 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:  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.






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