• Biography

    Alice Burdick lives and writes poetry in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia and is co-owner of Lexicon Books in Lunenburg.  She shares a home with her husband and two young children. Alice moved to Halifax in 2002 from Toronto, Ontario, where she was born and raised. She has also lived in Espanola, Vancouver, and on the Sechelt Peninsula in BC.

    Burdick has been involved with the small press community in Canada since the early 1990's, when she was co-editor, with Victor Coleman, of The Eternal Network. This very small ongoing imprint produced chapbooks, including several of her own works, such as Signs Like This, Fun Venue, and Voice of Interpreter. Her work has been published by other small presses in Canada, including: Proper Tales Press (a Time, My Lump in the Bed: Love Poems for George W. Bush); Letters Press (Covered); and BookThug (The Human About Us). It also has appeared in various magazines, such as Hava LeHaba (from Tel Aviv, Israel), Event Magazine, Canadian Poetries, Two Serious Ladies (from the US), Dig, What!magazine, subTerrain, fhole, This Magazine, and Who Torched Rancho Diablo? From 1992-1995, Alice was assistant coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair. She has also done numerous readings over the years in many different venues, including the Ottawa International Writers Festival, The Scream in High Park in Toronto, and the Halifax Word on the Street.

    Alice's fourth collection of poetry, Book of Short Sentences, came out in the spring of 2016 from Mansfield Press. Her last book, Holler, was released in April 2012, following Flutter, which came out in Fall 2008 (both Mansfield Press). Two collaborative poems have shown up in Our Days In Vaudeville by Stuart Ross and 29 Collaborators (Mansfield Press, Fall 2013). Her poems have appeared in Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, Fall 2005), Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence, An Anthology of Surrealist Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, Fall 2004), and in Pissing Ice: An Anthology of 'New' Canadian Poets, (BookThug, 2004, as well as other anthologies. Her first perfect-bound book was Simple Master, published in 2002 by Pedlar Press.

    Her poem "Terms and Conditions" was shortlisted for the first Lemon Hound Poetry Prize in 2014.

    Read more about Alice Burdick in interviews conducted by Alex Porco on Open Book Toronto and on Lemon Hound and in gallery form here. You can watch and listen to Alice read some poems on a beach here. 

    • Book of Short Sentences. Mansfield Press, 2016. ISBN 9781771261098 

    • Our Days in Vaudeville, by Stuart Ross with 29 Collaborators. Mansfield Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-77126-024-4. Two poems in collaboration with Stuart Ross.

    • Discord of Flags: Canadian Poets Write About The Persian Gulf War. 1991; reissued 1992.

    • Holler. Mansfield Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-1894469708.


    • Rogue Stimulus: The Stephen Harper Holiday Anthology For A Pro-Rogued Parliament, Mansfield Press. 2011. ISBN: 978-1-894469-48-7.


    • Flutter. Mansfield Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-1894469418.

    • 3 Poems. Laurel Reed Books, 2006.


    • Simple Master. Pedlar Press, 2002. ISBN 0-9686522-7-1

    • Shift and Switch: New Canadian Poetry. The Mercury Press, 2005. ISBN 1-55128-116-3.

    • Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence. The Mercury Press, 2004. ISBN 1-55128-109-0.

    • Pissing Ice: An Anthology of 'New' Canadian Poets. BookThug, 2004.

    • To Find Us: words and images of Halifax. Edited by Sue MacLeod. Halifax Regional Municipality Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0968726235.

    • My Lump in the Bed: Love Poems for George W. Bush. Proper Tales Press, 2004.

    • Moe-Town. Poem, Proper Tales Press Product, 2003.

    • Psychic Rotunda. Poem, Oversion, 2003.

    • Winter Walk. Poem, 1cent #359, 2003.

    • The Human About Us. BookThug, 2002.

    • A Letter to His Excellency Nicky Drumbolis. Poem in anthology, 1997.

    • a Time. Proper Tales Press, 1995.

    • Covered. twobitter 54, Letters Press, 1994.

    • Fun Venue. The Eternal Network, 1994.

    • Signs Like This. The Eternal Network, 1994.

    • Big Tomatoes. PUSHYbroadside 5, 1993.

    • Voice of Interpreter. The Eternal Network, 1993.


    Book of Short Sentences. Mansfield Press, 2016. ISBN 9781771261098