Barry Dempster is the author of fifteen books, including a novel, The Ascension of Jesse Rapture, a children’s book, two volumes of short stories and eleven collections of poetry. He has twice been nominated for the Governor General’s Award and has won the Petra Kenney Award, the Confederation Poets’ Prize, the Prairie Fire Poetry Contest and the Canadian Authors’ Association Jack Chalmers Award for Poetry for his 2005 collection, The Burning Alphabet. In 2009, he published two new books of poetry: Love Outlandish (Brick Books) and Ivan’s Birches (Pedlar Press).
Senior Editor at Brick Books, he has been a Wired Writing and Writing Studio mentor at the Banff Centre, and the facilitator of a two-week poetry master class in Santiago, Chile. He lives just north of Toronto, where he runs a film series and two book discussion groups.