Brian Bartlett was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, in 1953, grew up in Fredericton, lived for 15 years in Montreal, and moved to Halifax in 1990 to begin teaching creative writing and literature at Saint Mary's University, where he can still be found today. He has published seven collections and four chapbooks of poems, as well as Wanting the Day: Selected Poems, which was published internationally (by Peterloo Poets of Cornwall, England, and Goose Lane Editions in Canada) and won the 2004 Atlantic Poetry Prize. His other honours have inclued two Malahat Review Long Poem Prizes, first prize in the Petra Kenney poetry awards, and the 2009 Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry. In 2014 Fitzhenry & Whiteside published his first book of prose, Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar (a 366-paragraph book of days going from April 1st to the following March 31st).
He has also edited a book of prose, Don McKay: Essays on His Works, and three selections of poetry: Earthly Pages: The Poetry of Don Domanski; The Essential James Reaney; and The Essential Robert Gibbs. In 2014 he is completing another book of nature writing, a "plein air" experiment, all drafted outdoors by various bodies of water (lakes, rivers, brooks, ponds, marshes, bays, waterfalls, etc.); and editing both The Essential Dorothy Roberts and The Child Alone, an anthology (for Frog Hollow Press) for childhood poems from which parents and other adults are largely marginalized or excluded.. His wife is Karen Dahl, Youth Services Manager for the Halifax Regional Library system, and their two teenage children are Josh and Laura.Publications
The Watchmaker's Table. Goose Lane Editions, 2008. ISBN 978-0-86492-508-4.
Earthly Pages: The Poetry of Don Domanski. (Editor). Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-55458-008-8.
Don McKay: Essays on His Works. (Editor). Guernica Editions, 2006. ISBN 978-1-55071-252-0.
Travels of the Watch. Gaspereau, 2004. ISBN 1-894031-97-0.
Wanting the Day: Selected Poems. Goose Lane Editions, 2003. ISBN 0-86492-357-0.
The Afterlife of Trees. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-7735-1910-6.
Granite Erratics. Ekstasis Editions, 1997. ISBN 1-896860-15-X.
Underwater Carpentry. Fredericton, Goose Lane Editions, 1993. ISBN 0-86492-133-0.
Planet Harbour. Fredericton, Goose Lane Editions, 1989. ISBN 0-86492-102-0.
Cattail Week. Montreal, Villeneuve, 1981. ISBN 0-920288-04-9.
Brother's Insomnia. Fredericton, New Brunswick Chapbooks, 1972.
Finches for the Wake. Fredericton, Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1971.
Winner of the 2004 Atlantic Poetry Prize for 'Wanting the Day'
Shortlisted for the 2003 Atlantic Poetry Prize for 'The Afterlife of Trees'