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Robyn Sarah

Photo: D. R. Cowles 2007

Robyn Sarah was born in New York City to Canadian parents and has lived for most of her life in Montreal. Following studies in music at the Conservatoire du Quebec, and Philosophy and English at McGill University, she taught English for 20 years at Champlain College in St. Lambert, Quebec.  She was the founder, with Fred Louder, of Villeneuve Publications, a Montreal small press that operated from 1976 until 1987, and she co-edited its poetry chapbook series and a few issues each of two literary magazines, Versus and Four By Four. Her poems, stories, and essays have appeared widely in Canada and the United States.  Author of several poetry collections, two collections of short stories, and a book of essays on poetry, she has been poetry editor for Cormorant Books since 2011. Her 2015 collection of poems,My Shoes Are Killing Me, won the Governor General's Award for poetry.

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Questions About the Stars (poems). London, ON: Brick Books, 1998.
Promise of Shelter (short stories). Erin, ON: The Porcupine's Quill, 1997.
A Nice Gazebo (short stories). Montreal: Véhicule Press, 1992.
The Touchstone: Poems New and Selected. Concord, ON: Anansi, 1992.
A Day's Grace (poems). Erin, ON: The Porcupine's Quill, 2003
Little Eurekas: A Decade's Thoughts on Poetry. Emeryville, ON: Biblioasis Press, 2007
Le tamis des jours (poemes choisies) tr. Marie Frankland. Montreal, QC: Les Editions du Noroit, 2007
Pause for Breath (poems). Emeryville, ON: Biblioasis Press, 2009
Digressions: Prose Poems, Collage Poems, and Sketches. Toronto, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012
The Essential George Johnston (selected and introduced). Erin, ON: The Porcupine's Quill, 2007
The Essential Don Coles (selected and introduced). Erin, ON: The Porcupine's Quill, 2009
The Essential Margaret Avison (selected and introduced). Erin, ON: The Porcupine's Quill, 2010
Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry (Editor). Markham, ON: Cormorant Books, 2011
My Shoes Are Killing Me (poems). Biblioasis Press, 2015
Wherever We Mean to Be: Selected Poems, 1975-2015. Biblioasis Press, 2017 (fall)


CBC Literary Competition, for poetry.
National Magazine Awards, for fiction.
Canadian Jewish Literary Awards - poetry for My Shoes Are Killing Me, 2015
Governor General's Award for poetry for My Shoes Are Killing Me, 2015
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