The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry

Gathering the strongest poetry published by Newfoundlanders since the death of E.J. Pratt in 1964, The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry features selections from twelve of the province’s most impressive poets, including Al Pittman, Tom Dawe, Mary Dalton, John Steffler, Patrick Warner, and Ken Babstock. This groundbreaking anthology, with over forty years of poetry on display, celebrates the rousing and the rebirth of contemporary Newfoundland verse.

AUTHOR

John Steffler

John Steffler was the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada from 2006 to 2008. His other books of poetry include Lookout, a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize; That Night We Were Ravenous, winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize; and Helix: New and Selected Poems, winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Poetry Prize. Steffler is also the author of the award-winning novel The Afterlife of George Cartwright.

AUTHOR

Richard Greene

Richard Greeneteaches Creative Writing and British Literature at the University of Toronto. His most recent biography Edith Sitwell: Avant-garde Poet, English Genius (2011) was widely acclaimed, and he has published three collections of poetry, including Boxing the Compass (2010), which won the Governer General’s Award for Poetry. He lives in Cobourg, Ontario.

AUTHOR

Mary Dalton

Mary Dalton has published five volumes of poetry, including Merrybegot (2003) and Red Ledger (2006), and Hooking (2014). Her work has been widely anthologized in Canada and abroad. Dalton has won numerous awards, including the E.J. Pratt Award (the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award), and has been shortlisted for the Winterset, Pat Lowther, Atlantic Poetry Award, the inaugural J. M. Abraham Award, and the inaugural Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

AUTHOR

Patrick Warner

Patrick Warner has published three collections of poetry: All Manner of Misunderstanding; There, There; and Mole. He has twice won the E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize. Warner grew up in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland. He immigrated to Canada in 1980 and since then has mostly lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland.


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Ken Babstock

Ken Babstock won Canada’s inaugural Latner Writer’s Trust Poetry Prize in 2014 for a body of work in mid-career. His fourth collection, Methodist Hatchet (Anansi, 2011), won The Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry and was a finalist for The Trillium Book Award. His previous collections of poetry include, Mean (1999), winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People’s Poet Award, Days into Flatspin (2001), winner of a K.M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize, and Airstream Land Yacht (2006), finalist for The Griffin Prize for Poetry, The Governor General’s Literary Award, and The Winterset Prize, and winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His poems have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards, been widely anthologized in Canada, the UK, the US, and Ireland, most recently in The Oxford Anthology of Canadian Literature in English, and translated into Dutch, German, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, and French. All five previous titles were named Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year. Recent poems have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and in Best of The Best Of Canadian Poetry. A book length poem, On Malice, written while in Berlin as one of DAAD’s International Artist Residents in 2011/12, was published in fall 2014 by Coach House Books to wide critical acclaim. Ken Babstock was born in Newfoundland and now lives in Toronto with his son.


AUTHOR

Agnes Walsh

Born and brought up in Placentia, Newfoundland, Agnes Walsh studied folklore in Georgia (USA), before returning home and taking to writing plays, poetry and fiction founded in her love of her ancestral place. She divides her time between St. John’s and Patrick’s Cove around the Cape Shore from Placentia. In 2006 she was named the inaugural St. John’s Poet Laureate.


AUTHOR

Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey is an internationally celebrated novelist and poet; he has published nine books of poetry and fiction. Galore won the Canadian Authors Association’s Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and Caribbean Region), and was short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and the Governor General’s Award. Sweetland was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award in 2014. His most recent poetry collection is Under the Keel (Anansi, 2013). He lives in St. John’s.

AUTHOR

Sue Sinclair

Sue Sinclair is the author of four previous collections, all of them nominated for regional and/or national awards. She also recently completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Toronto on the subject of beauty and ethics. In 2012 she was Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick, and in 2013 she served as the inaugural Critic-in-Residence for CWILA. Sue was raised in Newfoundland and is now based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she writes, edits and teaches.

AUTHOR

Carmelita McGrath

Carmelita McGrath (1960) was born in Branch, St. Mary’s Bay, NL, and now makes her home in St. John’s. In 1998 she received the Atlantic Poetry Prize for To the New World. Her collection of short stories, Stranger Things Have Happened, won the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Bennington Gate Award.

AUTHOR

Tom Dawe

One of Newfoundland’s finest poets, Tom Dawe is also an editor, former teacher, visual artist and award-winning children’s author. He spent years collecting folklore throughout Newfoundland and Labrador; many of these stories have found their way into this collection of ghostly tales. He lives in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland.

AUTHOR

James Langer

James Langer is the author of the award-winning poetry collection Gun Dogs (Anansi, 2009). He’s edited poetry for The Fiddlehead, Riddle Fence, Goose Lane Editions, and now works as the in-house managing editor of Breakwater Books.

AUTHOR

Mark Callanan

Mark Callanan is the author of Scarecrow (Killick, 2003) and Gift Horse (Signal Editions, 2011) which was shortlisted for the BMO Winterset Award. He previously edited and helped establish the journal Riddle Fence, and he currently edits for Canadian Notes and Queries.

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Gathering the strongest poetry published by Newfoundlanders since the death of E.J. Pratt in 1964, The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry features selections from twelve of the province’s most impressive poets, including Al Pittman, Tom Dawe, Mary Dalton, John Steffler, Patrick Warner, and Ken Babstock. This groundbreaking anthology, with over forty years of poetry on display, celebrates the rousing and the rebirth of contemporary Newfoundland verse.

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Dimensions:

216 Pages
9in * 6in * 1in
0.38gr

Published:

April 10, 2013

City of Publication:

St. John’s

Country of Publication:

CA

ISBN:

9781550814088

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Anthologies

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Language:

eng

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