Author of the pet radish, shrunken (Book Thug, 2015), been shed bore(Chaudiere Books, 2010), Pearl Pirie's manuscript Thirsts (Snare, 2011) won the 2011 Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry. Newest is Writing Sparks (phafours, 2015), vertigoheel for the dilly (above/ground, 2015) and Quebec Passages from Noun Trivet Press. unarmed, in/words, shreeking violet, Corrupt Press, AngelHouse Press, above/ground, and obvious epiphanies press have put out chapbooks of her poems.
Her poems have been published in: Arc, Matrix, Otoliths, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, filling Station, Bafter C, Hava LeHaba, PRECIPICe, Dandelion, The Puritan, Bywords , The Steel Chisel, and One Sentence Poems.
She is a radio host with Kate Hunt and JM Francheteau. Listen online at CKCU online or on the air at 93.1 in Ottawa each Thursday from 6:30pm-7:00pm EST. Since July 2013, she has been one of the 3 on the rotating roster for Literary Landscape .
She speaks to classes, groups and gives workshops on poetry for various organizations (The Alexandra Writers' Centre, Ottawa Public Library, Dusty Owl, Ottawa Independent Writers, Canadian Author's Association, Westborobrainery, Carleton University Creative Writing Camps for kids, OCD School Board, Tree Reading Series). She round tables participants poems for efficiency, freshness and clarity, provides exercises on combining disparate materials, use of space and punctuation, various poetic forms and devices. Sample handouts for your classroom are under resources.
Her poetry has appeared in anthologies including: The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014 (Tightrope, 2014), longlisting for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011, 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 translated to Punjabi, Hindi, Romanian, Hebrew and Arabic.
She has been a contest judge and jurist for League of Canadian Poets for the Gerald Lampert jury, 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.
In March 2013, she was commissioned to write poems for a dozen people. The acrostics by Pirie for a Versefest kickstarter included this one for Jacqueline Williams. For several years she has done instant poems by typewriter for the Arc booth at ArtsPark.
She has been an editor and has done layout and design for Tree Press, Sidereal Press, Wholefullness, and phafours press chapbooks. 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.
She does manuscript evaluation/editing. $50 flat consultation and hourly fee after with 3 hour minimum. She does layout, design end of printing of chapbooks for $25/hr with Chalkpaths.
She publishes ephemera and chapbooks thru her micropress phafours press and organizes readings for those and workshops or readings for poets coming thru town.
She has book reviews at pesbo, Arc and in Matrix.
She gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The League of Canadian Poets (travel grant), Canada Council (Literary Reading grants), City of Ottawa (Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists), and the Ontario Arts Council (Writers' Reserve grants).
She reports and photographs. poetry, events and poetics: pesbo; general life: Humanyms; cooking, Planet of the Scapes cooking column at Centretown Buzz; writing community Quill & Quire events pics; and on GoodReads. Formerly a writer at Local Tourist Ottawa and vegetarian food blogger at EatenUp.
She has taken poetry workshops from Hoa Nguyen, John McCullough, Stuart Ross, Daphne Marlatt, rob mclennan, Roo Borson, Stephen Brockwell, David O'Meara, Ian Roy, Joanne Proulx, Scott Wiggerman, derek beaulieu, Barry Dempster, Wendy Morton, Ciera Adams and a.rawlings. She has done a writing retreat at Sage Hill. She has been at the poetry-w listserv learning and mentoring since 2003. She has taken basic book making workshopsfrom Samantha Harding (2009),Terry Ann Carter (2011), and Christine McNair (2012).
Awards/Recognitions include: poem in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014 (Tightrope, 2014). The First Mother's Day After Dad's Death made the 50-poem longlist for The Best Canadian Poetry 2011 (Tightrope), The Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry 2011, Hot Ottawa Voice 2008, 3rd Place in the Ray Burrell Poetry Contest 2007, Honourable Mention in the Ray Burrell Poetry Contest 2006 and was included in the John Newlove Award finalists in 2003.
She's a member of the League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada, Haiku North America and Tanka Canada.