Longer CV

Author of  the pet radish, shrunken  (Book*hug, 2015), been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010), Pearl Pirie's manuscript  Thirsts  (Snare, 2011) won the 2011 Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry. Newest publications include Call Down the Walls (Frog Hollow Press, 2019) and rob, plunder, gift (BattleAxe 2018). no press,  unarmed, in/words, shreeking violet, Corrupt Press, AngelHouse Press, above/ground,  and  obvious epiphanies press  have also put out  chapbooks  of her poems.

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 .

Awards/Recognitions include: publication in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018 (Tightrope, 2018), Lampman Award for best Ottawa poetry collection in 2015, 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. 


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.  Her poems have longlisted for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011. Her poems have been in Gush: A Menstrual Manifesto for Our Times,  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, Train, Big Smoke, Canadian LiteratureArc, Matrix, Otoliths, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, filling Station, Bafter C,  Hava LeHaba,  PRECIPICeDandelion, The Puritan, Bywords , The Steel Chisel, and  One Sentence Poems. 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 (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.


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 with Chalkpaths

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.


She  coordinated workshops  for the Tree Seed  Workshop Series  for the  Tree Reading Series  from 2009-2014.  She runs   pop up readings  and  workshops  under  Nouveau Studio . She was the director of Tree from 2016-2018. She was president and treasurer of regional group KaDo from 2015-2018.


She was a  radio host  with Kate Hunt and Robin McLahlen (2013-2018)  on Literary Landscape . . Listen online at  CKCU  online or on the air at 93.1 in Ottawa each Thursday from 6:30pm-7:00pm EST Recordings of past shows.


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 pesboArc, Montreal Review of Books and in Matrix.

In March 2013, she was first 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 a few times. She takes poem commissions for birthdays and anniversaries on request.

She reports and photographs at Planet of the Scapes recipe column at Centretown Buzz. She's on GoodReads. Formerly a writer at Local Tourist Ottawa and vegetarian food blogger at EatenUp, her poetry blog pesbo had a following. She formerly did writing community and posted Quill & Quire events pics


She took poetry workshops since the early 90s from Hoa Nguyen, John McCulloughStuart RossDaphne 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 from 2003-2014. She has taken basic book making workshopsfrom Samantha Harding (2009),Terry Ann Carter (2011), and Christine McNair (2012).


She's has been a member of the League of Canadian Poets, Quebec Writers Federation, Haiku Canada, Haiku North America and Tanka Canada.

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).