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Carol L. MacKay

Carol MacKay

Carol L. MacKay’s poems for adult readers have appeared in The New Quarterly, Devour: Art & Lit Canada, The Fiddlehead, Watershed (U of California, Chico), Prairie Journal, The Antigonish Review, Red Berry Review, Lichen, Existere, and Crannog (Ireland). Her work is also included in Shy: An Anthology (University of Alberta Press), Writing the Land: Alberta Through Its Poets (House of Blue Skies), White Ink: An Anthology about Mothers and Mothering (Demeter Press, Toronto), Threshold: An Anthology of Contemporary Writing From Alberta (University of Alberta Press) and in the 2022 League of Canadian Poets visual poetry chapbook, Spectral Lines. Her video poem, "My Paycheck" appeared on the Emmy and Gemini award-nominated CBC television/web art series ZeD. Carol's poems and essays have been broadcast on CBC Radio, both regionally and nationally, including a reading on "This Morning with Shelagh Rogers."

Carol also writes poetry, stories and non-fiction articles for children. Her work has appeared in: Babybug, Cricket, Ladybug, Highlights for Children, The Caterpillar (Ireland), The Toy (England), The School Magazine (Australia), Boys’ Quest, Zamoof!, Skipping Stones, Stories for Children, and Knowonder!.

Carol grew up in Ryley, Alberta and received her Bachelor of Arts degree (Scandinavian Studies & English) from the University of Alberta. She lives on Vancouver Island.







c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Poetry, Writing for children


Lily in the Loft (Picture Book). 2017, YNWP, Regina
Ittleby Fein and the Third Bad Thing. 2018, Highlights for Children
Maxine's Markers. 2017, Warner Press


Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Magazine Merit Award for Poetry for "Moving Day Villanelle" in The Caterpillar, 2020
CBC Literary Award for Poetry Shortlist, 2005
Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Award for Poetry , 2012
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: