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 is an Irish-Canadian writer and editor. Stevie's poetry has appeared in BOAAT, Prairie Schooner, Gigantic Sequins, The Cossack Review, and Prelude. A second collection of poetry, I left nothing inside on purpose, is forthcoming spring 2018 from Penguin Random House Canada. StevieHowell is the poetry editor at This Magazine and is an MFA candidate in creative writing at NYU. www.steviehowell.ca
Amanda Jernigan is the author of three collections of poetry—Groundwork, All the Daylight Hours, and Years, Months, and Days—and of the chapbook The Temple. Her poems have appeared in journals in Canada and abroad, including Poetry, PN Review, The Walrus, and The Nation; they have also been set to music, most recently by American composer Zachary Wadsworth. She is an essayist and editor as well as a poet, and has written for the stage. She teaches English and creative writing at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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 was born in Nova Scotia and lives in Toronto. He edited the 2015 edition of Best Canadian Poetry in English. His books include Don’t Be Interesting and the Dylan Thomas Prize finalist, Folk.
A.F. Moritz lives in Toronto. His most recent books are The Sparrow: Selected Poems (2018) and Art of Surgery(2019), a chapbook in the Vallum Chapbook Series. He has published twenty books of poetry, which have received honours including the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, and selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets; three of his books have been finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is poet laureate of Toronto, the sixth poet to hold this office.
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.
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen is the author of five books of poetry, including As Long As Trees Last and Red Juice. Her book Violet Energy Ingots, also from Wave Books, received a 2017 Griffin Prize for poetry nomination. She teaches poetics at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop.
Alexandra Oliver was born in Vancouver and lives in Burlington, ON. She is the author of Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (Biblioasis, 2013; winner of the 2014 Pat Lowther Memorial Award) and Let the Empire Down(Biblioasis, 2016). A past co-editor of Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters (Everyman’s Library, 2015) and the Canadian formalist journal The Rotary Dial, she is currently enrolled as a PhD student in English at McMaster University.
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’s latest poetry collection, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, was published in Canada and the US in 2015. A volume of selected poems, The Living Option, was published in the UK in 2013. Her new work has appeared recently in The Walrus, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The London Review of Books, and Granta. An associate director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio, she lives in Toronto.
Priscila Uppal lives in Toronto and is a poet, fiction writer, memoirist, playwright, professor, and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Society. Publications include poetry, Sabotage, Ontological Necessities (Griffin Poetry Prize finalist); novels, The Divine Economy of Salvation, To Whom It May Concern; and memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Hilary Weston Prize and Governor General’s Award finalist). She’s been translated into Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Korean, and Italian. Time Out London dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.”