Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and educator and the author of 17 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for both teens and children. His work has been widely performed, broadcast, anthologized and published nationally and internationally, and has been commissioned by the CBC. His debut adult novel, Yiddish for Pirates, is a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Literature and the prestigious 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
He received a PhD. in music composition, a B.A., B.F.A and a B.Ed. and taught middle school and high school for nearly ten years. He has taught writing at McMaster University and at Mohawk College, to street-involved youth, and at Offcentre Art and Creativity Workshops. He was the Fall 2013 Young Voices eWriter-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library and will be Writer-in-Residence at Western University in 2014-2015.
Barwin is winner of the 2013 City of Hamilton Arts Award (Writing), the Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year 2011, and co-winner of 2011 Harbourfront Poetry NOW competition, the 2010 bpNichol chapbook award, and the KM Hunter Artist Award. He has received major grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council for his work.
His YA novel, Seeing Stars was shorted listed for both the Crimewriters of Canada Arthur Ellis Award as well as the Canadian Library Association YA Book of Year, and his picturebook, The Magic Mustache, was chosen as a “Best Bet” by Macleans. His latest book of poetry is Moon Baboon Canoe, winner of the Hamilton Literary Arts Award for Poetry. Barwin has given hundreds of readings and performances in Canada and internationally. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his family and a fear of the family car.
More information about Gary Barwin can be found at his website: garybarwin.com
|Moon Baboon Canoe (Mansfield Press 2014)
Winner of the Hamilton Literary Arts Award for Poetry
|Seeing Stars (Fitzhenry and Whiteside 2001)|
|The Magic Mustache(Annick Press 1999)|