• Biography

    Anne Simpson studied at Queen's University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Now she lives in Antigonish, where she teaches part-time at St. Francis Xavier University. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Saskatoon Public Library, the Medical Humanities Program at Dalhousie University, and the University of New Brunswick. She has also been a faculty member at the Banff Centre.

    She has written two novels, four books of poetry, and a book of essays on poetry and art. Her fiction has been awarded the Journey Prize and the Dartmouth Award for Fiction, and her most recent novel, Falling, was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her poetry has been awarded the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

     

    Publications
    • Is. McClelland & Stewart, 2011. ISBN 978-0771080517

    • The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness. Gaspereau Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-55447-072-3 (bound). ISBN 978-1-55447-071-6 (paperback).

    • Falling. McClelland & Stewart, 2008. ISBN 978-0771080906, 978-0-7710-8089-0 (paperback).

    • Quick. McClelland & Stewart, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7710-8091-3

    • Loop. McClelland & Stewart, 2003. ISBN 0-7710-8075-1.

    • Canterbury Beach. Penguin Canada, 2001. ISBN 0-670-89484-2.

    • Light Falls Through You. McClelland & Stewart, 2000. ISBN 0-7710-8077-8.

    • Editions: An Orange from Portugal: Christmas Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Edited by Anne Simpson. Goose Lane Editions, 2003. ISBN 0-86492-345-7.

    • Anthologies: Essays
      • "Look at Things Like This" in Lyric Ecology: An Appreciation of the Work of Jan Zwicky. Edited by Mark Dickinson and Clare Goulet. Cormorant Press, 2010. ISBN 9781897151716.

      • "The Joshua Stone" in Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood. Edited by Shannon Cowan, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Cathy Stonehouse. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7735-3377-6.

      • "Orpheus Recalling Eurydice" in A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry and Memory. Gaspereau Press, 2006. ISBN 1-55447-030-7.

      • First Writes. Edited by Kelley Aitken, Sue Goyette, and Barbara Scott. Banff Centre Press, 2005. ISBN 1-894773-16-0.

    • Anthologies: Poetry
      • "Deer on a Beach" in Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems. Ed. Nancy Holmes. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2009

      • Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets. Edited by Sina Queyras. Persea Books, 2005. ISBN 0-89255-314-6

      • In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. Edited by Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve. Raincoast Books, 2005. ISBN 1-55192-777-2

      • The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry. Edited by Carmine Starnino. Véhicule Press, 2005. ISBN 1-55065-208-7

      • Desire, Doom & Vice: A Canadian Collection. Edited by Nathaniel G. Moore. Wingate Press, 2005. ISBN 0-9735977-7-1

      • The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology: A selection of 2004 shortlist. Edited by Phyllis Webb. House of Anansi Press, 2004. ISBN 0-88784-699-8

      • Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada. Edited by Anne Compton, Laurence Hutchman, Ross Leckie, and Robin McGrath. Goose Lane Editions, 2002. ISBN 0-86492-313-9

      • Words Out There: Women Poets in Atlantic Canada. Edited by Jeanette Lynes and Gwendolyn Davies. Roseway Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-896496-09-1

    • Short Fiction
      • "Dreaming Snow" in Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Lesley Choyce, Editor. Goose Lane Editions, 2001. ISBN 0-8692-309-0.

      • "Green Knight" in Home for Christmas: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Edited by Sabine Campbell. Goose Lane Editions, 1999.

      • "Waters of Immortality" in Rip-Rap: Fiction and Poetry from the Banff Centre. Edited by Edna Alford, Don McKay, Rhea Tregebov, and Rachel Wyatt. Banff Centre Press, 1999. ISBN 0-920159-65-6

      • "The Memory Theater of Guilano Camillo," Water Studies: New Voices in Maritime Fiction. Edited by Ian Colford. Pottersfield Press, 1998. ISBN 1-895900-12-3

      • "Dreaming Snow" in The Journey Prize Anthology 9. Selected with Nino Ricci. McClelland & Stewart, 1997. ISBN 0-7710-4425-9

      • "The Day Elvis Rose from the Dead," Fiddlehead Gold: The Fiddlehead Golden Anniversary Anthology. Edited by Sabine Campbell, Roger Ploude, and Demetres Tryphonopoulos. Goose Lane Editions, 1995. ISBN 0-86492-177-2

    Awards
    • Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Falling.

    • Winner of the Dartmouth Fiction Award for Falling.

    • Winner of the Pat Lowther Poetry Award for Quick.

    • Finalist for the 2008 Atlantic Poetry Prize for Quick.

    • Winner of the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize for Loop.

    • Finalist for the 2003 Governor-General's Award, Poetry, for Loop.

    • Nominated for the Pushcart Prize XXIX for Loop.

    • Finalist for the 2002 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

    • Winner of the 2001 Atlantic Poetry Prize for Light Falls Through You.

    • Winner of the 2001 Gerald Lampert Award for Light Falls Through You.

    • Finalist for the 2001 Pat Lowther Award for Light Falls Through You.

    • Winner of the 1999 Bliss Carman Poetry Award.

    • Winner of the 1997 Journey Prize (shared with Gabriella Goliger) for "Dreaming Snow."