From "Spring 2020"


  • Brian Bartlett Saint Mary's University


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Author Bio:

Brian Bartlett has published 7 collections of poems, including The Watchmaker’s Table (Goose Lane), The Afterlife of Trees (McGill-Queen’s), Granite Erratics (Ekstasis) and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems (Goose Lane), as well as 7 chapbooks and a collection of his writings on poetry, All Manner of Tackle: Living with Poetry (Palimpsest). His poems have been honoured with The Atlantic Poetry Prize, The Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry, and two Malahat Review Long Poem Prizes. He has also published two books of nature writing: Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) and Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal; (Gaspereau); a third, Daystart Songflight: A Morning Journal, will be published by Pottersfield in the fall of 2021. Bartlett's work has recently appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Goose, The New Quarterly, Queen's Quarterly, and The Walrus. For The Fiddlehead's 75th anniversary issue last year he edited a section of memoirs by poets whose first books appeared after the age of 50. He has also edited selected volumes by several poets, including James Reaney, Dorothy Roberts and Don Domanski, and Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan. Bartlett spent his younger years in Fredericton and Montreal, and since 1990 he has lived in Halifax, where he taught Creative Writing and many fields of literature at Saint Mary’s University until his retirement three years ago.