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Edward Carson

Photo: Joyce Carson 2018

Edward Carson is twice winner of the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award in Canada, the St. Michael’s College Award in English Literature, and is the author of five books of poetry: Scenes (1977), Taking Shape (2008), Birds Flock Fish School (2013), KNOTS (2016) and Look Here Look Away Look Again (2019)

Over the past thirty years he has had a variety of careers involving the word, including co-founder/editor of the literary periodical, Rune, and lecturer in English Literature at the University of Toronto. He has served as president of several major book publishing companies, including Penguin Group (Canada), Pearson Technology Group Canada, Distican (Simon and Schuster Canada), HarperCollinsCanada, and, while Vice President of publishing, founded the successful publishing list of Random House of Canada.

Throughout his publishing career he taught the business of publishing at Ryerson University, Humber College, and as co-director of the Banff Publishing Workshop. He also has participated on various Boards of Directors, including PEN Canada, BookNet Canada, and is a past president of the Canadian Publishers’ Council. 

As an editor and publisher, he has worked with an array of accomplished local and international authors, including Carol Shields, Dennis Lee, Marilyn Bowering, John Irving, D.G. Jones, Keith Maillard, Julian Barnes, John Ralston Saul, Barry Lopez, Robert Kroetsch, Eli Mandel, and Janice Kulyk Keefer.

Gallery exhibitions, and the growing success of his digital photography, have integrated his fascination with the written word and the visual image, expanding the borders and potential for his art.

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Scenes. The Porcupine's Quill, 1977
Taking Shape. The Porcupines Quill, 2008
Birds Flock Fish School. Vehicule Press, 2013
KNOTS. McGill-Queens University Press, 2016
Look Here Look Away Look Again. McGill-Queens University Press, 2019


E. J. Pratt Poetry Award for Tom Thompson Poems (selection), 1973
E. J. Pratt Poetry Award for Selection from "Scenes", 1976
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