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Brian Bartlett

Brian Bartlett

Brian Bartlett (1953-     ) grew up in New Brunswick, lived for 15 years in Montreal, and has been a Halifax resident since 1990. His publications include 7 collections and 7 chapbooks of poetry, 3 books of nature writing, and a compilation of his prose on poetry. As an editor, he has published 8 books, including three volumes in the Porcupine's Quill's "Essential" series of selected poems (by James Reaney, Robert Gibbs, Dorothy Roberts), the Wilfred Laurier press selection of Don Domanski, a gathering of prose about Don McKay (Guernica), an anthology of poems about childhood (Frog Hollow Press), Bright with Invisible History: A William Bauer Reader  (Chapel Street Editions), and Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan (icehouse poetry/Goose Lane). After 28 years full-time at Saint Mary's University teaching Creative Writing and various fields of literature, Bartlett retired from teaching in 2018, and he remains active as a poet, prose-writer and editor. Karen Dahl, his wife, is a senior manager in the Halifax Regional Library system; their chlldren, Josh and Laura, were born in 1997 and 2000.

Nova Scotia


Safety Last [chapbook]. Gaspereau Press, 2019
Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal [prose]. Gaspereau, 2017
All Manner of Tackle: Living with Poetry [prose]. Palimpsest, 2017
Keatonesque [chapbook]. Thee Hellbox Press, 2017
Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar [prose]. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013
Potato Blossom Road: Seven Montages [poetry]. Ekstasis Editions, 2013
Being Charlie [poetry]. Alfred Gustav Press, 2009
The Watchmaker's Table [poetry]. Goose Lane Editions, 2008
Travels of the Watch [chapbook]. Gaspereau Press, 2004
Wanting the Day: Selected Poems . Goose Lane Editions (Canada); Peterloo Poets (England), 2003, 2004
The Afterlife of Trees [poetry]. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002
Granite Erratics [poetry]. Ekstasis Editions, 1997
Underwater Carpentry [poetry]. Goose Lane Editions , 1993
Planet Harbor [poetry]. Goose Lane Editions , 1989
Cattail Week [chapbook]. Villeneuve, 1981
Daystart Songflight: A Morning Journal [prose]. Pottersfield Press, 2021


Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry for The Watchmaker's Table, 2009
Atlantic Poetry Prize for Wanting the Day: Selected Poems, 2003
Petra Kenney Poetry Awards, First Place, 2001
Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, 1992, 1997
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