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Author of footlights (Radiant Press, 2020), the pet radish, shrunken (Book*hug, 2015), Thirsts (Snare, 2011), been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010), and dozens of chapbooks.
Recent chapbooks: this small singing (phafours, 2022) is haiku. rain’s small gestures (Apt 9 Press, fall 2021) is minimalist poems.
Awards/Recognitions: rain’s small gestures (Apt 9 Press, fall 2021) won the Nelson Ball Prize. footlights was longlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and shortlisted for the Lampman Award, chosen for the Christmas Fair of the QWF/AELAQ booth at the Salon du Livre 2021.
the pet radish, shrunken won the Lampman Award for best National Capital Region poetry collection in 2015. Her haiku and biography are included in Haiku in Canada: History, Poetry, Memoir by Terry Ann Carter (Ekstasis Editions, 2020). Her haiku is included in Brick Books History of Canadian Haiku [May 2015].
Her poems have been a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Contest [May 2018], the 2011 Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry (which became Thirsts). She competed at Battle of the Bards March 25th, 2015. She was honored as a Hot Ottawa Voice 2008, received 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.
Grants: The Canada Council awarded a grant for production of a new series, tentatively entitled Well-behaved Thistle 2021. The CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec) awarded a production grant in 2022.
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 translated to Punjabi by Dr. Jagdish Kaur, and Amarjit Tiwana, to French by Hubert Lussier, to Hindi by Dr. Angelee Deodhar in Wah, to Romanian by Luminita Suse, to Hebrew, and to Arabic by Ali Znaidi in qabaqaosayn.
She has book reviews at ShoHyōRan, Miramichi Reader, Haiku Canada Review. Arc, Montreal Review of Books, Matrix and at pesbo.
Pirie has been on the organizing committee for VERSeFest Ottawa and is chair of 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 is a screening reader for Arc. She has been a contest judge and jurist. (See full CV, link above.)
Pirie gives workshops and talks on poetry for various organizations.
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 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, Noun Trivet and phafours press chapbooks and broadsheets. She is a first-reader for Arc (Dec 2021-). She has been on the selection committee for the Bywords Quarterly Journal, and on the editorial team for two of their single-author chapbooks.
Trainwreck Press, Apt 9, words(on)pages, in/words, shreeking violet, unarmed, Corrupt Press, editions des petits nuages, AngelHouse Press, above/ground, and obvious epiphanies press have put out her chapbooks. Pirie has over 2 dozen single-author chapbooks, 4 poetry collections, 6 broadsides, 18 group chapbooks, and 1 short story in print.
She is a member of the Quebec Writers Federation (QWF), Haiku Society of America (HSA), The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC), Haiku Canada, a member of the Membership committee of the League of Canadian Poets, and member of the 100-mile network, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and Tanka Canada. From 2014-2021 she wrote the cooking column, Planet of the Scapes, for The Centretown Buzz.
Studio Nouveau is her online workshops & pop-up readings. phafours and Noun Trivet Press are her publishing arms. Chalkpaths editing is her manuscript service.