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Pearl Pirie

Latest: footlights was a finalist for the Lampman Award and short and long listed for other awards. rain’s small gestures (Apt 9 Press, 2021), minimalist poems, is short-listed for the Nelson Ball Prize. Forthcoming poem in the Bottle Rockets bird anthology, 2023.

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Pirie’s 4th poetry collection, footlights (Radiant Press, 2020) is “finding small beauties.” Order it. Download the footlights Colouring Book.

Awards & Honours: footlights was longlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, nominated for the A.M. Klein, and shortlisted for the Lampman Award. the pet radish, shrunken (Book*hug, 2015), won the Lampman Award. Thirsts (Snare/Invisible, 2011) won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poems have been given the nod for Best Canadian Poetry in English 3 times. Poet profile at the Haiku Foundation.

Mudflaps for short dogs (Trainwreck Press, July 2021) is a chapbook of surreal, concrete and machine poetry.

“a taut balance of tension and joy, abandon and restraint”

—Sandra Ridley on the pet radish, shrunken

Thanks and appreciation to the Canada Council for the Arts for a 2021 Explore and Create Research and Creation Literature Grant. It encourages and assists. And much appreciation to CALQ for a research and creation literature grant for 2022.

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