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 on the organizing committee for VERSeFest and the board of Friends of Wakefield Library. She is president of regional haiku group KaDo, and the former director of the Tree Reading Series (Mar 2016-Mar 2018).    


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


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.


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:


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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