Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson lives in Halifax, NS with his family.

His newest collection of poems, Tangled & Cleft, was published by Gaspereau Press in Fall 2021.

His previous publications include Against (Gaspereau Press, 2018); The Telephone Game (Baseline Press, 2017); Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work (Gaspereau Press, 2016); a fist made and then un-made (Gaspereau Press, 2013), which was short-listed for the bpNichol Chapbook Award; Against the Hard Angle (ECW Press, 2010); no cage contains a stare that well (ECW Press, 2005); how we play at it: a list (ECW Press, 2002); A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking (Insomniac Press, 2000), which was short-listed for both the Gerald Lampert Award and the ReLit Award for Poetry; and additional chapbooks from Frog Hollow Press (tracery & interplay, 2004) and Greenboathouse Press (against the hard angle, 2009). Robinson has won the Grain Prose Poetry Prize, the Petra Kenney Award, and The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, among others.

His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, including The New Canon, Breathing Fire 2, Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada, Exact Fare Only 2, Mess: The Hospital Anthology, and Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land; been adapted into cinepoems and short films that have screened at festivals including HIFF and the Atlantic Film Festival; and featured in programs such as Halifax Regional Municipality’s Art in Public Places and Poetry in Motion initiatives.

He works at Saint Mary’s University.


Tangled & CleftGaspereau Press, 2021.

AgainstGaspereau Press, 2018.

The Telephone GameBaseline Press, 2017.

Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work, Gaspereau Press, 2016.

a fist made and then un-made, Gaspereau Press, 2013.

Against the Hard Angle, ECW Press, 2010.

Against the Hard Angle, Greenboathouse Press, 2009.

no cage contains a stare that well, ECW Press, 2005.

tracery & interplay, Frog Hollow Press, 2004.

how we play at it: a list, ECW Press, 2002.

A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking, Insomniac Press, 2000.

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