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Gary Barwin

Photo: Adela Talbot 2016

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, performer and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-one books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His latest book is the poetry collection No TV for Woodpeckers (Wolsak & Wynn). His recent national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada) won the 2017 Leacock Medal in Humour and was a finalist for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His interactive writing exhibit, Subject. Object. Verb. was at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from Fall 2016—Spring 2017. A finalist for the National Magazine Awards (Poetry), he is a three-time recipient of Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year, has also received the Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and has co-won the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the K.M. Hunter Arts Award. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and at Hillfield Strathallan College and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library. He has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities and is currently writer-in-residence for at-risk youth as well as Writer-in-Residence at Hillfield Strathallan College. He will be writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library in 2017-2018 and is on the CBC Poetry Prize jury for 2017. Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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No TV for Woodpeckers. Wolsak and Wynn, 2017
Yiddish for Pirates (a novel). Random House Canada, forthcoming Spring 2016
Sonosyntactics; Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Forthcoming Summer 2015
I, Dr Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457. Anvil Press, 2015
Moon Baboon Canoe. Manfield Press, 2014
The Obvious Flap (with Gregory Betts). BookThug, 2011
Franzlations: the imagery Kafka parables (with Craig Conley & Hugh Thomas). New Star, 2011
The Porcupinity of the Stars. Coach House Books, 2010
fragments from the frag pool (with derek beaulieu). The Mercury Press, 2005
Dr Weep and other strange teeth. The Mercury Press, 2004
Raising Eyebrows. Coach House Books, 2001
Outside the Hat. Coach House Books, 1998
Big Red Baby. The Mercury Press, 1998
Cruelty to Fabulous Animals. Moonstone Press, 1995
The Mud Game (with Stuart Ross). The Mercury Press, 1995
Seeing Stars. Stoddart Kids, 2001
Grandpa's Snowman. Annick Press, 2000
The Magic Mustache. Annick Press, 1999
The Racing Worm Brothers. Annick Press, 1998


Stephen Leacock Medal for Literary Humour for Yiddish for Pirates, 2017
Governor General's Award in Literature, Fiction: nominated for Yiddish for Pirates, 2016
Scotiabank Giller Prize: Shortlist for Yiddish for Pirates, 2016
City of Hamilton Arts Award (Established Writer), 2013
Hamilton Literary Award: Poetry Book of the Year for The Porcupinity of the Stars, 2011
Poetry NOW: Harbourfront Centre (Co-winner), 2011
bpNichol Chapbook Award (Co-winner) for Inverting the Deer, 2010
Hamilton Literary Award: Poetry Book of the Year for Raising Eyebrows, 2001
Shortlisted Finalist: Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year for Seeing Stars, 2001
Shortlisted Finalist: Crimewriters of Canada Arthur Ellis Award (YA) for Seeing Stars, 2001
K.M. Hunter Award in Literature, 1998
Hamilton Literary Award: Poetry Book of the Year for Raising Eyebrows, 2001
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