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Don  McKay
Categories: Male AuthorsAnglophone AuthorsPoetsSaint John River Valley

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Don McKayís books of poetry include Birding, or desire (1983), Night Field (1991), Apparatus (1997), Another Gravity (2000), and Strike/Slip (2006). Camber, a selected poetry, appeared in 2004. Five of his books have been nominated for the Governor Generalís Award, and two of them Ė Night Field and Another Gravity Ė received that award. He has been nominated for the Griffin Award three times, and received it for Strike/Slip, in 2007. Since 1975, he has been connected with Brick Books as an editor and publisher. After teaching English and Creative Writing at the universities of Western Ontario and New Brunswick for twenty seven years, he now writes and edits full time. From 1991 to 1997 he edited The Fiddlehead, and he has served as a workshop leader for institutions and writersí groups. At present he is the Associate Director for poetry at the Banff Centre. His abiding interest in natural history and the environment has led to two books on the poetics of wilderness Ė Vis ŗ Vis (2001) and Deactivated West 100 (2005).

Don McKay has lived all over Canada, and currently makes his home in St. Johnís, Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2009, he was named to the Order of Canada.

Literary Prizes

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize - 2007
Griffin Poetry Prize - 2007
Nomination -  Griffin Poetry Prize - 2005
Nomination -  Governor Generalís Literary Awards - 2002
Nomination -  Griffin Poetry Prize - 2001
Governor Generalís Literary Awards - 2000
Governor Generalís Literary Awards - 1997
Governor Generalís Literary Awards - 1991
National Magazine Award (gold medal) - 1990
Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry - 1984
Nomination -  Governor Generalís Literary Awards - 1983

Featured Publication

Another Gravity

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