Guest edited by Jacob McArthur Mooney, The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 is the eighth edition of Canada’s vibrant yearly anthology featuring the 50 finest Canadian poems published during the previous year. Twelve of the collection’s contributors will present readings in celebration of the book’s formal launch.
Barry Dempster, twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award, is the author of fourteen previous collections of poetry. His collection The Burning Alphabet won the Canadian Authors’ Association Chalmers Award for Poetry in 2005. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Ontario Premiers Award for Excellence in the Arts and in 2014 he was nominated for the Trillium Award. Disturbing the Buddha, Dempster’s fifteenth collection, is disarmingly conversational and, like the best conversations, it moves between reverence and irreverence, sincerity and irony as it grapples with love, loss, loneliness and simple lack of luck. He lives in Holland Landing, Ontario.
Richard Greene is the author of four books of poetry. His collection Boxing the Compass won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2010. His most recent volume, Dante’s House, was published in 2013. Greene is the author of an internationally acclaimed biography of Edith Sitwell and is now writing an authorized biography of Graham Greene. He is a professor of English and Director of the MA in the field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. Greene is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.
Stevie Howell’s poetry and criticism have appeared in publications such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail and National Post. Her poems have been finalists for the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize and the 2012 Walrus Poetry Prize. She is from Scarborough and studies psychology. Howell presents ^^^^^^ [Sharps]¸ which was published to critical acclaim in 2014 and shortlisted for the 2015 Gerald Lampert Award. Emergencies, faith, truancy and poverty intersect in this wry debut.
Amanda Jernigan is the author of two books of poems, Groundwork (shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award) and All the Daylight Hours, and of the prose-work in Living in the Orchard: The Poetry of Peter Sanger. She edited The Essential Richard Outram and co-edited, with Evan Jones, Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family. Jernigan is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.
Jeff Latosik is the author of Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, a poetry collection that won the 2011 Trillium Award and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert and Relit awards. His work has been published widely in Canada in magazines such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve and the Literary Review of Canada. He is also the winner of This Magazine’s Great Literary Hunt and the P.K. Page Founder’s Award. He teaches English at the University of Toronto. Latosik presents Safely Home Pacific Western. Using the wily language of patent and invention, this collection peers deep into the notion of personal and communal progress.
Jacob McArthur Mooney is the acclaimed author of two previous books of poetry, The New Layman’s Almanac and Folk, a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. He curates and hosts the bi-weekly Pivot Reading Series in Toronto, and is the editor of the 2015 edition of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. A Nova Scotian now living in Toronto, he is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph.
A. F. Moritz’s most recent book is a long form poem entitled Sequence. His poetry has received various honours, including the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, an Ingram Merrill Fellowship, the ReLit Award and the Raymond Souster Award from the League of Canadian Poets. Three of his books have been finalists for the Governor General’s Award. Mortiz is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.
Shane Neilson is a poet, physician and critic from New Brunswick. His third book of poems, On Shaving Off His Face, was released with the Porcupine's Quill in Spring 2015. Shane was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Prize in 2010 and won the Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review this year. Neilson is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 for the second time in his career.
Hoa Nguyen is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, including As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice and Poems 1998–2008. Born in the Mekong Delta, Nguyen currently lives in Toronto where she curates a reading series and teaches poetics privately and at Ryerson University. Nguyen is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.
Alexandra Oliver was born in Vancouver and currently lives just outside of Toronto. Her most recent book, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, was named a Canadian Poetry Book of the Year by The National Post and won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Oliver is the co-editor of Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. She also writes about film. Oliver is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.
Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet who writes biography, memoir and fiction. Her newest work is Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions, with illustrations by Kara Kosaka. She is also the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72. Her latest book of poetry is The Second Blush. Her poetry is the subject of Jason Guriel’s monograph, Molly Peacock: A Critical Introduction. She is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.
Karen Solie is the author of three collections of poems, including Pigeon, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She was International Writer-in-Residence at the University of St. Andrews in 2011 and is an Associate Director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio programme. Solie presents The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out, a collection of poetry focused on modern-day concerns, navigating the intimate self through the public realm.
Priscila Uppal is an internationally acclaimed Toronto poet, fiction writer, memoirist, playwright and professor at York University. Her published work includes the poetry collections Sabotage, Traumatology and Ontological Necessities (Griffin Poetry Prize finalist); novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern; memoir Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Hilary Weston Prize and Governor General’s Award finalist) and short story collection Cover Before Striking. Uppal is presenting from The Best Canadian Poetry 2015.