John Barton has published nine collections of poetry, including West of Darkness: Emily Carr, a Self-Portrait, Hypothesis, and Hymn, and six chapbooks published by above/ground press, Viola Leaflets, Frog Hollow Press, and now JackPine. A tenth book, For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems, is forthcoming from Nightwood Editions in September. Co-editor of We All Begin in a Little Magazine and Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay-Male Poets, he has won three Archibald Lampman Awards, an Ottawa Book Award, a CBC Literary Award, and a National Magazine Award. Since 1980, his poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers across Canada and in the United States, Australia, India, and the U.K. He has been writer in residence at the Saskatoon Public Library and at the University of New Brunswick, and has taught at the Sage Hill Writing Experience and at the Banff Centre. From 1985 to 2003, he worked as a librarian, production manager, publications coordinator, and editor for five national museums in Ottawa, where he edited Vernissage: The Magazine of the National Gallery of Canada and, in his spare time, Arc Poetry Magazine. He has lived in Victoria since 2004, where he edits The Malahat Review.
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