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Pearl Pirie is an editor and an award winning Quebec poet. Support her at Patreon for the price of a coffee or less and see behind the scenes poem drafts. Or drop by Substack and read essays on poetics.

Latest news:

Awarded a 2023 D.C. Reid poetry grant. A spring 2023 haiku chapbook, Adding Up to This is out from Catkin Press! The chapbook, A Couple Sumerians, is available from Turret House Press 2023.

Adding Up to This: haiku by Pearl Pirie (Catkin Press, 2023)
A Couple Sumerians by Pearl Pirie (Turret House Press, 2023)

WriteBulb is now available at the Apple store. It is a prompt app for iOS 15 for keeping your writing a fun, fresh and rewarding habit. Try before you buy.

Her fourth full poetry collection, footlights (Radiant Press, 2020) is about “finding small beauties.” Order it.

Awards & Honours: footlights was shortlisted for the Lampman Award, longlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, and nominated for the A.M. Klein. 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.

rain’s small gestures (Apt 9 Press, 2021), minimalist poems, won the 2022 Nelson Ball Prize. footlights was a finalist for the Lampman Award and short and long listed for other awards.

“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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