Meet the Shortlist!

Welcome to the 2017 Global Poetry Anthology Page

We are very proud to present an interactive list of the poets selected by our 2017 Editorial Board for the 2017 Global Poetry Anthology. Below you’ll find photos, bios and audio recordings of the poets reading their own poems.

But first, if you’re interested in global poetry and in supporting the Montreal Prize, please visit our publisher’s website to pre-order a copy of the 2017 Global Poetry Anthology slated to be in print by the end of November. And if you don’t yet have a copy of the 2011, 2013 and 2015 editions, please consider adding that to your shopping cart.

The Global Poetry anthologies are collections of contemporary, previously-unpublished poems gathered from all corners of the English speaking world. An international editorial board ensures the series’ cosmopolitan palette, and the “blind” selection process guarantees that choices have been made according to poetic calibre alone.

Cover Design: David Drummond


2017 Global Poetry Anthology | Poets, bios, audio

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Marsha Barber’s two recent poetry books, What is the Sound of Someone Unravelling and All the Lovely Broken People were published by Ottawa’s Borealis Press. She’s won many awards for her work and been long listed for the national ReLit award and short listed for the international Bridport Poetry Prize. Marsha has published in such periodicals as the Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, Free Fall and The Antigonish Review. She’s on faculty at Ryerson University in Toronto. Read Marsha’s poem, A Father Shouldn’t Cry, here.  Photo credit: Gary Gould

Dominique Bernier-Cormier’s poetry won The Fiddlehead’s 26th Ralph Gustafson Prize, and was shortlisted in Arc Poetry Magazine’s Poem of the Year Contest in 2017. His first chapbook, Englishing, was recently published by Frog Hollow Press, and his first full-length book of poetry, Correspondent, is forthcoming from icehouse (Goose Lane Editions). He is a poetry editor for Rahila’s Ghost Press. Read Dominique’s poem, Blanksicle, here.


Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné is a Trinidadian poet and visual artist. Her work has been featured in the Small Axe Journal, Room Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, The Literary Review and Poetry London, as well as in the anthology Coming Up Hot: Eight New Poets from the Caribbean. She is the 2012 winner of the Small Axe Poetry Prize, 2015 winner of the Hollick-Arvon Caribbean Writers’ Prize and the 2016 winner of the Wasafari New Writing Prize. Read Danielle’s poem, Boa Gravida, here.


Allen Braden is the author of A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood and Elegy in the Passive Voice. He was the last generation to grow alfalfa, wheat, barley and cattle on his family’s farm of two hundred plus acres outside White Swan, Washington, on the Yakama Indian Reservation. Assistant Poetry Editor of A Journal of the Built + Natural Environment, he lives in Lakewood, Washington. Read Allen’s poem, Here in White Swan, here.


Chad Campbell’s first collection of poetry Laws & Locks (Signal Editions 2015) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. His poetry has appeared in Brick, The Walrus, and Best Canadian Poetry, among others, and a chapbook of recent work Euphonia was published earlier this year by Anstruther Press. Chad is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. Read Chad’s poem, The Art Gallery, here.


Ashley Chan is a composer and poet in his early 40s. He was born and raised in New Zealand and graduated with honours in economics from Auckland University. Inspiration for his work comes from the cosmopolitan city life and the lush rolling hills and golden beaches of the north Auckland countryside. Since 2013, Ashley has been living, working and writing poems in Perth, Western Australia but makes frequent trips back to New Zealand to visit family. Listen to Ashley’s poem, Windchime Meadows — Spring, here. Read it here.


B. R. Dionysius was founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. He has published over 500 poems in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. His eighth poetry collection, Weranga was released in 2013. He teaches English at Ipswich Grammar School and lives in Riverhills, Brisbane. Read Brett’s poem, Guadalcanal, here.



Ann Gamsa came to Montreal from Sweden at the age of 6 ½.  She wrote her first poem at age 8, when she was home, sick with the mumps. Since then, she has written many poems, short stories, and stories for her grandchildren. In addition, she has written and published professional articles in her capacity as a psychologist and pain specialist. Writing, various creative projects (e.g. “Honouring Feet”), and acting are amongst her favourite pastimes. Listen to Ann’s poem, How a Typo Changed the World, here. Read it here.


A Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, J.P. Grasser is a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah, where he edits Quarterly West. Previously published work can be found in 32 Poems, AGNI, Best New Poets 2015, Ecotone, and West Branch Wired, among others. For more information, visit Listen to J.P.’s poem, Wild Horses, here. Read it here.



James Greene, born in Berlin, has translated Osip Mandelshtam (Penguin, 1991) and, Love of Beginnings, the autobiography of J.-B. Pontalis (Free Association Books, 1993); he’s also written a tragic comedy about Stalin, Killing time in the Kremlin (not yet performed). He has devised scripts for BBC Radio and worked as a gardener in a cemetery and as a psychoanalytic therapist. Listen to James’s poem, Civil War At Parliament Hill Playground, here. Read it here.


Barbara Hobbie, an American, lives in the former East German city of Leipzig and has worked as an independent journalist/essayist, frequently addressing themes of migration and integration. Her poems have appeared in The Anthology of New England Writers, Avant Garde, Poetry in Windows, Chicago Journalism Review, Leipzig Zeitgeist, The Granite Review, and the Global Poetry Anthology 2011 (Signal Editions). Listen to Barbara’s poem, Goya’s Missing Skull, here. Read it here.


Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of American Purgatory, selected by Don Share for the 2016 Sexton Prize, and Render /An Apocalypse, a finalist for Foreword Review’s 2014 Book of the Year. Among her honors are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Howell lives in Knott County, Kentucky, where she serves as James Still Writer-in-Residence at the Hindman Settlement School. Read Rebecca’s poem, Twenty-two Days Before the Final One Hundred Days, here.


Cynthia Hughes writes poetry and music from her home in Southern Vermont, where she is a primary school librarian and teacher. Her poems have been published in several literary journals in the U.S. and have received recognition from poetry awards in the U.S., Ireland and Canada. She is working on her MFA and a first collection of poems. Read both of Cynthia’s poems: The Time White Lightening Busted Out, here and When My Father Met Jesus, here.


Wordsmith, craftsperson, teacher, wanderer, life has taken Jnanama Ishaya down many paths since she was born in Quebec City, Canada, sixty-three years ago. She’s been a farmer and a monk, taught meditation classes around the world, and been a classroom teacher, too. Now a school librarian in a tiny town in BC, she is a little more free to write, make handcrafts, and spend time with my three wonderful dogs and two cats. Life is good. Listen to Jnanama’s poem, I Am Not Born, here. Read it here.


Richard James has a B.S. degree in English Lit and a teaching degree. He has, however, made his career in medicine as a Physician’s Assistant. He is presently sending out a novel to agents for publication. And he also has a collection of sixteen short stories, and a second novel already written as well as several books of poetry. Read Richard’s poem, San Vigilio de Marebe, here.



Fawzia Muradali Kane was born in San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago, and practices as an architect in London. Her first collection of poetry Tantie Diablesse (Waterloo Press, 2011) was a poetry longlistee for the 2012 Bocas Lit Fest Prize. A long sequence of poems Houses of the Dead was published as a pamphlet by Thamesis in 2014.  She is currently working on a novel titled La Bonita Cuentista. Listen to Fawzia’s poem, Kaieteur Falls, here. Read it here.  Photo credit: Karen Brooks


Maithreyi Karnoor was born in Hubli, India. Her poems, translations, and reviews have been published in national literary journals and publications such as Indian Literature, Muse India, The Hindu, and as part of an anthology by HarperCollins. She is currently translating a Kannada novel into English and is putting together her first collection of poetry. She has an MA in Literary and Cultural Studies. She lives in Goa. Listen to Maithreyi’s poem, Degrees, here. Read it here.


S. K. Kelen is an Australian poet currently living in the bush capital, enjoys hanging around the house philosophically and travelling. Since winning the Poetry Australia Prize for Poets under 18 in 1973 his works have been widely published in journals and newspapers, anthologies and in his books. Kelen’s oeuvre includes pastorals, satires, sonnets, odes, narratives, haiku, epics, idylls, horror stories, sci-fi, allegories, prophecies, politics, history, love poems, portraits, travel poems, memory, people and places, meditations and ecstasies. Listen to Steve’s poem, Soldiers, here. Read it here.


Christopher (Kit) Kelen is a well known Australian poet and painter and Professor of English at the University of Macau, in south China, where he has taught Creative Writing and Literature for the last seventeen years. The most recent of Kelen’s fourteen poetry books are Scavengers’ Season and A Pocket Kit. Translated volumes of Kelen’s poetry have been published in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Chinese, Filipino and Indonesian. Listen to both Kit’s poems: An Attitude of Waiters, here; and The Thieves Have Gone, here. Read them here and here.


Lawrence Kessenich won the 2010 Strokestown International Poetry Prize. His poetry has been published in Sewanee Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry Ireland Review and elsewhere. He has a chapbook, Strange News, and two full-length poetry books, Before Whose Glory and Age of Wonders. Three of his poems were nominated for Pushcart Prizes and three read on Writer’s Almanac. Kessenich has also published essays, short plays, short stories and a novel, Cinnamon Girl. His website is Listen to Lawrence’s poem, Esos Huesos (Them Bones), here. Read it here.


Anthony Lawrence’s most recent book is Headwaters (Pitt Street Poetry, 2016). His books and individual poems have won many of Australia’s major awards. He is a Senior lecturer at Griffith University, Gold Coast, where he teaches Creative Writing and Writing Poetry. Listen to Anthony’s poem, Blue Curtains, here. Read it here.



Aimee Mackovic is a professor of English and poet living in Austin, TX. Her first full-length poetry collection, Love Junky, will be available as of November 2017 from Lit City Press in Austin, TX. Her two chapbooks, Potpourri and Dearly Beloved: the Prince poems, can be ordered at Read Aimee’s poem, Walk Along the Berlin Wall, here.



Marjorie Main was born in 1994 and grew up in Torbay, Australia. She currently lives in Melbourne, where she is completing her Honours at the University of Melbourne and putting together a poetry manuscript. Read Marjorie’s poem, The Ways, here.




Kathleen McCracken is the author of eight collections of poetry including Blue Light, Bay and College (Penumbra Press, 1991), which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, A Geography of Souls (Thistledown Press, 2002), Mooncalves (Exile Editions, 2007) and Tattoo Land (Exile Editions, 2009). Most recently, a bilingual English/Portuguese edition of her poetry entitled Double Self Portrait with Mirror: New and Selected Poems, was published by the Brazilian press, Editora Ex Machina. Listen to Kathleen’s poem, You Have to Love Them Enough to Let Them Be Wild, here. Read it here.  Photo credit: John T. Davis


Una McDonnell has recited her work at readings and music festivals, and on one occasion, in a boxing ring (Jill Battson’s Fighting Words Series). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Her work has appeared in Arc, The New Quarterly, Ottawater, Prairie Fire, Rampike, and Musings: An Anthology of Greek-Canadian Literature, and has been on the longlist for Prism International’s Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize, and twice for the CBC Literary Awards. Listen to Una’s poem, Odile, The Black Swan, here. Read it here.  Photo credit: David Irvine

Amber McMillan is the author of The Woods: A Year on Protection Island (2016) and the poetry collection We Can’t Ever Do This Again (2015). Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, PRISM international, Best Canadian Poetry, The Walrus and others across North America. She lives and works on BC’s Sunshine Coast. Listen to Amber’s poem, The Other Side of an Hour, here. Read it here.



Bruce Meyer is author of more than 60 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and literary journalism. He won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Prizes in 2015 and 2016. His most recent books of poetry are the award-winning The Seasons, The Arrow of Time, and 1967: Centennial Year. Listen to both Bruce’s poems: Sewing, here, and Snow Crabs, here. Read them here and here.



Mary B. Moore’s second full-length collection, Flicker, won the Dogfish Head Award (judges, Carol Frost, Baron Wormser, and Jan Beatty), and the chapbook Eating the Light, won the Sable Books’ Award (judge, Allison Joseph):  both appeared in 2016. Cleveland State published The Book of Snow (1998). Georgia Review, Poem/Memoir/Story, Cider Press Review, Drunken Boat, Birmingham Poetry Review published recent poems. She won Second in the 2017 Pablo Neruda Poetry Contest’s Second Place Award. Listen to Mary’s poem, Aubade, here. Read it here.


Anna Murchison hails from Tasmania, a wild, anarchically situated island (see: bottom of the world) inspiring a rich literary tradition. Anna started writing poetry as a means of not losing her mind while working on her first novel. People tell her this has proved only partly successful. Anna finds herself responding to the prevailing noise of narcissism and self-interest by thematically deep-rooting her work in the messy subsoil of life while stubbornly seeking its light. Read Anna’s poem, The Story of Us, here.


Peter Norman has published three poetry collections, most recently The Gun That Starts the Race (2015), and a novel, Emberton (2014). He lives in Toronto. Read more at Listen to Peter’s poem, Stranded Conch, Alabama Coast, here. Read it here.



Felicity Plunkett’s is the author of Vanishing Point (UQP, 2009), Seastrands (Vagabond, 2011) and the editor of Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011). Her new collection is forthcoming with Pitt St Poetry. She is an Australian poet, critic and editor, and Poetry Editor with University of Queensland Press. Listen to Felicity’s poem, Syzygy (Scrabble with Ivy), here. Read it here.



Erin Rodoni is the author of Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press, 2017), which won the 2016 Stevens Award sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her poems have been included in Best New Poets 2014, nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and honored with awards from AWP and Ninth Letter. She lives in the San Rafael, CA, with her husband and two young daughters. Listen to Erin’s poem, Caesura, here. Read it here.


Kate Rogers’ poetry collection Out of Place debuted in Toronto July 2017. Her poetry is forthcoming in the anthologies, Catherines the Great (Oolichan), and Twin Cities Cinema (Hong Kong-Singapore) and has appeared in The Gaurdian, Eastlit, Asia Literary Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Morel, The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture (Wilfred Laurier University), Kyoto Journal, ASIATIC: the Journal of the International Islamic University of Malaysia and Contemporary Verse II. Read Kate’s poem, Ode to My Period, here.


Linda Rogers, a Victoria Poet Laureate and Canadian People’s Poet, mother of four, married to mandolinist Rick van Krugel, writes fiction, song lyrics and literary and social criticism. Her most recent novel is Bozuk, a Turkish memoir from Exile Editions. Forthcoming is Repairing the Hive, the final book in her Empress Trilogy and Crow Jazz, a short story collection from Mother Tongue. Listen to Linda’s poem, The Carnivores, here. Read it here.


Margarita Serafimova has published two collections in the Bulgarian, Animals and Other Gods (2016), Demons and World (2017). Her work appears (is forthcoming) in London Grip New Poetry, Agenda, A-Minor, Trafika Europe, Minor Literatures, The Journal, Noble / Gas, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Obra/ Artifact, Futures Trading, Poetic Diversity, TAYO, Ginosko, Dark Matter, The Punch, Window Quarterly/ Patient Sounds, Peacock Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, In Between Hangovers, and elsewhere. Pieces of hers: Listen to Margarita’s poem, 25 November 2016, here. Read it here.  Photo credit: Vera Gotseva (


Born and raised in Australia, Chloe Sparks spent the better part of the last decade living in Vancouver, BC working on various film and television productions and at a local newspaper as a research assistant. She is working towards a Masters Degree in Communications and building a social media presence. Listen to Chloe’s poem, Old Blue Suitcase, here.



Elizabet Stevens lives where she was born in Southern New Brunswick. Her poem “Homestead” is from a recently-completed collection, Blue Forensics: a case of heartbreak. Her work has appeared in literary magazines and received recognition in poetry competitions. She has taken part in readings as far away as Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she was an instructor. A former journalist, Elizabet worked for the CBC, and was a contributor to the Globe and Mail. Listen to Elizabet’s poem, Homestead, here. Read it here.


Derek Sugamosto was born and raised in Southeast Michigan. His work has previously appeared in apt, Wisconsin Review, Orange Coast Review, Coe Review, Dogwood, Sheepshead Review, Two Thirds North, Dewpoint, Qua, Paper Nautilus and Sugar House Review. Read Derek’s poem, The Wall Said, here.



Bruce Van Noy was born in Seattle, raised in North California, educated in genetics and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkley. He studied poetry with Barney Childs at the University of Redlands. A former commercial fisherman in Alaska, and a professional ski instructor based in Ketchum, Idaho, he currently lives on Orcas Island, a few miles off the far north-western coast of Washington, and a stone’s throw across the water from Canada. Read Bruce’s poem, They Are Drawn Here in the Springtime, here.


Zoe VanGunten reads and writes whenever and wherever luck strikes: Toledo, El Rito, Austin, Pamplona, Sevilla, Santa Fe—always on the bus at the last moment and happier nearer a window. This poem was written during a snowy Alamosa winter in the company of two very old German breed dogs and a tall bundled man faceting gemstones in the garage. Listen to Zoe’s poem, Song from Cadiz, here. Read it here.


Bryan Walpert is the author of three poetry collections—Etymology, A History of Glass, and Native Bird—as well as the fiction collection Ephraim’s Eyes and the scholarly monograph Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry (Routledge). A defense of poetry, Poetry and Mindfulness, is forthcoming this year. He teaches Creative Writing as an Associate Professor in the School of English & Media Studies at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. Learn more at Read Bryan’s poem, Tranquil, here.  Photo credit: Nancy Golubiewski


Julie Watts is a Western Australian writer and Play Therapist. She has been published in various journals and anthologies including: Westerly, Cordite, Australian Poetry Anthology, Australian Love Poems 2013 and the Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. In 2016 she won The National Association of Loss and Grief Award and was short listed in the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Her first poetry collection, Honey and Hemlock, was published in 2013 by Sunline Press. Listen to Julie’s poem, Afternoons in and out of Paradise, here. Read it here.


Abigail Wieser is a recent graduate from Millikin University in Decateur, IL. She has had poetry appear in various places, including Stepping Stones Magazine and Millikin’s literary journal, The Collage. She is excited to get married this summer, work on her book of poems, and bless the community of Decateur with the River Coffee Company she and her fiancé are starting this fall. Listen to Abigail’s poem, Song of the Water Lilies, here. Read it here.


Karey Willan has been stringing words together for much of her adult life, either through working as a verbatim shorthand reporter or chasing to light a skittish muse. Karey’s fascination with psychology propels her art. She is an adventurist of the mind and BC’s mountainous terrain. Karey holds a BFA (with distinction) from UVic in Visual Arts and a professional writing diploma from Douglas College, where she was a summer intern for Event Magazine. Listen to Karey’s poem, Overture, here. Read it here.


Lauren Williams was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia; she now resides in the historic country town of Maldon, central Victoria. She began writing poetry in the early 1980s, and has performed widely, nationally and internationally. Lauren’s sixth collection, Cleanskin Poems, was published by Island Press (Sydney) in 2016. She is also a prize-winning singer/songwriter. Listen to Lauren’s poem, My Ill-Omened, Mid-Life, First and Last Southern Wedding, here. Read it here.


David Mark Williams lives in south west Scotland. He is widely published in magazines and anthologies and has won prizes for his poetry in the UK and New Zealand. His first full length collection of poetry, The Odd Sock Exchange, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2015. Read David’s poem, Return of the Spider Mother, here.



Catriona Wright is the author of Table Manners (Véhicule Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, The Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. Listen to Catriona’s poem, Seasonal Affective Disorder, here. Read it here.