The CanLit Poets will no longer be updated as the project has been completed. The content will remain online and we hope to further develop this project in the future.
Welcome to CanLit Poets!
CanLit Poets is a freely available, ongoing, online archive geared towards motivating the next generation of Canadian poets. The poems in this archive have all been published in the pages of Canadian Literature, and the response questions have been answered by the poet themselves.
Featured CanLit Poet
Cyril Dabydeen has written eight books of poetry, five of stories, and three novels. He also edited A Shapely Fire: Changing the Literary Landscape and Another Way to Dance: Contemporary Asian Poetry in Canada and the U.S. His poetry and fiction have appeared in over 60 magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Asia and the Caribbean, and anthologized in over 20 volumes in seven countries, including in Best Canadian Short Stories (Oberon) and Caribbean New Wave: Contemporary Short Stories (Heinemann). An editor of the Journal of Caribbean Studies (US), his most recent books are Uncharted Heart: Poems (Borealis Press) and Drums of My Flesh: Novel (long-listed for the IMPAC/Dublin International Prize, co-winner of Guyana Prize for Fiction, and finalist for the City of Ottawa Book Prize). He juried for Canada's Governor General's Award for Literature (Poetry) and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (University of Oklahoma) in Year 2000. He has read from his books across Canada, the US, UK and Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. He currently teaches English at the University of Ottawa, Canada.