ENG 356: Contemporary Canadian Poetry

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Gary Barwin

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and performer. He is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry and fiction including the poetry collections frogments from the frag pool: haiku after basho (written with derek beaulieu) and Raising Eyebrows and Outside the Hat (Coach House Books) and the fiction collections Doctor Weep and other strange teeth, Big Red Baby (The Mercury Press) and Cruelty to Fabulous Animals (Moonstone Press). He is the author of The Mud Game, a novel written with Stuart Ross (The Mercury Press). Barwin is also the author of several books for children including Seeing Stars, a young adult novel (Stoddart Kids) nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award and the CLA YA Book of the Year, and Killer Poodle Made Me Island King (Fox Meadow), co-winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon 2003. Barwin received a PhD in Music Composition and currently teaches music at Hillfield-Strathallan College and creative writing at McMaster University. Barwin lives in Hamilton, where he has cultivated vague but colourful illusions about his writing. Please don't tell him.

Gary was born in Northern Ireland on February 10, 1964, a day when “neither planets nor tins of soup aligned.” On the street where he grew up, the neighborhood children often gathered in a big group, playing spontaneous games, holding contests and making up great dramas. At age nine, he and his family moved to Canada. In grade six he created his first book, to sell at the school white elephant sale: “Cosmic Herbert and the Pencil Forest.”


1.    POET: frogments from the frag pool: haiku after basho, Raising Eyebrows and Outside the Hat (Coach House Books)




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