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Kimmy Beach

Kimmy Beach

Photo: Stu Beach

Kimmy Beach's fifth book, The Last Temptation of Bond (The University of Alberta Press, 2013), was chosen as one of the best five poetry books of the year on Quill&Quire's 2013 Readers' Poll. The book was longlisted for the 2013 Alberta Readers' Choice Award, and was featured on CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. Her editor, Peter Midgley, was shortlisted for the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence (Book Publishers Association of Alberta), and won the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence (The Editors' Association of Canada) for his work on the book. 

Kimmy's poetry, fiction, articles, and reviews have appeared in journals across the country and in the UK, and she has read across Canada. She was the 2005 International Guest Poet for the Dead Good Poets Society in Liverpool, UK, where she launched her third book, fake Paul, onstage at the Cavern Club in Mathew Street. Work from fake Paul is anthologized in Newspaper Taxis: Poetry After the Beatles (Seren Press, Wales, 2012. Phil Bowen, Damian Furniss, David Woolley, ed.) andWindow Fishing: The Night We Caught Beatlemania (Hidden Brook Press, 2014. John B Lee, ed.). 

Her second book, Alarum Within: theatre poems, has been adapted as a full-length stage play by both the University of Toronto and the Red Deer College Theatre and Film Studies Programme. Kimmy has served as Writer-In-Residence for the Parkland Regional Library, The Writers Guild of Alberta, The Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta, and The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and has facilitated worshops and retreats for Sage Hill Writing Experience, The Writers' Guild of Alberta, The Manitoba Writers' Guild, and The Saskatchewan Writers Guild.

She's currently working on a book-length prose poem and a collection about 1970s romance comics and This is Tom Jones! (1969-1971).

Kimmy holds a First Class Honors Degree in English from the University of Alberta, and lives in Red Deer with her husband, Stu.



Nice Day for Murder: Poems for James Cagney. Turnstone Press, 2001 (second printing 2004)
Alarum Within: Theatre Poems. Turnstone Press, 2003
fake Paul. Turnstone Press, 2005
in Cars. Turnstone Press, 2007
The Last Temptation of Bond. The University of Alberta Press, 2013


Longlisted for the Relit Award for Alarum Within: Theatre Poems, 2003
Quill & Quire's Readers' Poll Top 5 Poetry Books of the Year for The Last Temptation of Bond, 2013
Alberta Readers' Choice Award Longlist for The Last Temptation of Bond, 2014
Shortlisted for The Poem of The Year contest for Arc Poetry Magazine, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: