Barry Dempster


Barry Dempster was born in Toronto, Ontario, and educated in child psychology. He is the author of a novel, a children's book, two volumes of short stories and eleven collections of poetry. He has been nominated for the Governor General's Award twice; for his first book, Fables for Isolated Men, and most recently for The Burning Alphabet, which won the Canadian Authors Association Chalmers Award for poetry. From 1990 to 1997, he was Poetry and Reviews Editor for Poetry Canada. Presently, he is Senior Acquisitions Editor with Brick Books. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He has been on the faculty at The Banff Centre as mentor for the Writing Studio, Wired Writing and Writing with Style programs; has conducted master classes all across the country and as  far away as Chile; and has been the Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill Public Library twice. His most recent books include Love Outlandish, Ivan’s Birches and Blue Wherever.

Author photo: DMN Photo Art

Books by this author

  • 9781894987585

    Dying a Little

    September 2011
    104 pages | ISBN 978-1-894987-58-5

    Haunted and haunting, Dying a Little is a riveting collection of poetry, spiky with grief and memory.

Contact Us

280 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3

Tel: 905.972.9885

email us