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Kevin Spenst

Kevin Spenst

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Kevin Spenst is the author of the poetry collections Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press, 2015),  Ignite (Anvil Press 2016), and Hearts Amok: A Memoir in Verse (Anvil Press 2020) along with over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press, 2013), Ward Notes (the serif of nottingham, 2016), Flip Flop Faces and Unexpurgated Lives (JackPine Press 2016), and Upend (Frog Hollow Press, 2018). In 2019, he was writer-in-residence at the Joy Kogawa House. His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and has appeared in dozens of publications including Event, the Malahat Review, subTerrain magazine, Prairie Fire, CV2, the Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthologies Best Canadian Poetry 2019, Best Canadian Poetry 2020 and Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds. He is an occasional co-host at Wax Poetic on Co-op Radio. He lives in Vancouver on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory.



Hearts Amok: a Memoir in Verse. 2020, Anvil Press
Ignite. 2016, Anvil Press
Jabbering with Bing Bong. 2015, Anvil Press


Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry for subTerrain Magazine, 2012
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