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Robyn Sarah

Robyn Sarah

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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.  Founder (with Fred Louder) of Villeneuve Publications, a Montreal small press that operated from 1976 to 1987, she co-edited its poetry chapbook series and a few issues each of two literary magazines. Her poems, stories, and essays have appeared widely in Canada and the United States.  Author of several poetry collections, two collections of short stories, a book of essays on poetry, and a memoir about music in her life, she served as poetry editor for Cormorant Books from 2010 to 2020.  Her 2015 collection of poems, My Shoes Are Killing Me, won the Governor General's Award for poetry.



Music, Late and Soon (nonfiction: memoir). 2021, Biblioasis
Mes Souliers me font mourir (poems in French translation). Translated by Rémi Labrecque . 2019, Les Éditions du Noroît
Wherever We Mean to Be: Selected Poems, 1975-2015. 2017, Biblioasis
My Shoes Are Killing Me. 2015, Biblioasis
Digressions: Prose Poems, Collage Poems, and Sketches. 2012, Fizhenry & Whiteside
Pause for Breath (poems). 2009, Biblioasis
Le tamis des jours (Poèmes choisis). Translated by Marie Frankland. 2007, Les Éditions du Noroît
Little Eurekas: A Decade's Thoughts on Poetry (essays). 2007, Biblioasis
A Day's Grace (poems). 2003, The Porcupine's Quill
Questions About The Stars (poems). 1998, Brick Books
Promise of Shelter (short stories). 1997, The Porcupine's Quill
A Nice Gazebo (short stories). 1992, Véhicule Press
The Touchstone: Poems New and Selected. 1992 , Anansi
Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry (selection, introduction). 2011, Cormorant Books
The Essential Margaret Avison (selection, introduction, biography, bibliography). 2010, The Porcupine’s Quill
The Essential Don Coles (selection, introduction, biography, bibliography). 2009, The Porcupine’s Quill
The Essential George Johnston (selection, introduction, biography, bibliography). 2010, The Porcupine’s Quill


Governor General's Award for poetry, 2015
Canadian Jewish Literary Award for poetry, 2015
National Magazine Awards, fiction category, 1993
CBC Literary Competition, poetry category, 1989
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