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Author of  the pet radish, shrunken (Book*hug, 2015), been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010), and Thirsts (Snare, 2011) and dozens of chapbooks.

Awards/Recognitions include: Lampman Award for best National Capital Region poetry collection in 2015, haiku in Brick Books History of Canadian Haiku [May 2015], Finalist for the Paterson Poetry Contest [May 2018], the 2011 Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry 2011 for Thirsts, Hot Ottawa Voice 2008, 3rd Place in the Ray Burrell Poetry Contest 2007, Honourable Mention in the Ray Burrell Poetry Contest 2006 and was a John Newlove Award finalist in 2003. 

Her poetry has appeared in anthologies including: The Best Canadian Poetry in English in 2018 from a poem from Ottawater, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014 (Tightrope, 2014) with a poem from filling station.  The First Mother’s Day After Dad’s Death made the 50-poem longlist for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 (Tightrope). Her poems have been in hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018, Gush: A Menstrual Manifesto for Our Times, (Frontenac House, June 2018),  Lighting the Global Lantern: A Teacher’s Guide to Haiku and Related Forms, edited by Terry Ann Carter (Wintergreen Studios, 2011), Painting Sunlight: A Trilingual Canadian Haiku Anthology (Wah, 2015), Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, ed. by Penny Harter and Scott Wiggerman (Dos Gatos Press, 2013), Evening Will Come: Women of Visual Poetry (Volta, 2013) and ditch, anthology 4 (canadian) (innovative poets) (ditch, 2010)

Her poems have been published in: Poemeleon, Canthius, Train, Big Smoke, Canadian LiteratureArc, Matrix, Otoliths, Frogpond, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Scrivener Creative Review, A Hundred Gourds, filling Station, Bafter C,  Jacket2, Hava LeHaba,  PRECIPICe, Dandelion, The Puritan, Bywords, The Steel Chisel, and One Sentence Poems. She competed at Battle of the Bards March 25th, 2015. Her poems have been translated to Punjabi, French, Hindi, Romanian, Hebrew and Arabic.

She has book reviews at pesboArc, Montreal Review of Books and in Matrix.

Pirie is on the organizing committee for VERSeFest Ottawa and on the board of Friends of Wakefield Library. She is a librarian at the Wakefield Library. She has run phafours press since 2007, which has released over 4 dozen titles.  

She has been a contest judge and jurist for League of Canadian Poets for the Gerald Lampert jury (2014), George Johnston poetry prize 2018, Manitoba Books Award (2018) Saskachewan Book Awards (2017), OAC writers’ work in progress, at Arc for the Diana Brebner Prize, Sawdust Reading Series, at Ottawa Public Library for their poetry month competition, and for other groups.

Pirie gives workshops and talks on poetry for various organizations. Past clients include:  The Alexandra Writers’ Centre, Ottawa Public Library, Dusty Owl, Ottawa Independent Writers, Canadian Author’s Association,  Westborobrainery, Carleton University Creative Summer Writing Camps for kids, OCD School Board, and Tree Reading Series

She is an organizational lead: 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) and former workshop coordinator (2009-2014). She is has been a food columnist with the Centretown Buzz since 2014. She was a host of Literary Landscape doing interviews with poets on CKCUfm.com from 2013-2018.

She has been an editor and has done layout and design for Tree Press, Sidereal Press, Wholefullness, KaDo, and phafours press chapbooks and broadsheets. She has been on the selection committee for the Bywords Quarterly Journal, and on the editorial team for two of their single-author chapbooks. Back in the 90s she was on the board of the Valley Writers’ Guild and was their web designer.

 unarmed, in/words, shreeking violet, Corrupt Press, AngelHouse Press, above/ground, and obvious epiphanies press have put out her chapbooks. Pirie has over 2 dozen single-author chapbooks, 3 poetry collections, 6 broadsides, 18 group chapbooks, and 1 short story in print.

She is a member of the  Quebec Writers Federation, Haiku Canada, and Tanka Canada.