2015 Global Anthology

Welcome to the 2015 Global Poetry Anthology Page

We are very proud to present an interactive list of the poets selected by our 2015 Editorial Board for the 2015 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 2015 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 and 2013 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The Global Poetry anthologies are collections of contemporary, previously-unpublished poems gathered from all corners of the English speaking world.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


2015 Global Poetry Anthology | Poets, bios, MP3s

Please note: If an audio recording won’t play in your internet browser, you can right-click on the link to download the file.

Mark Abley was born in England, raised mostly in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and has lived in the Montreal area since 1983. His non-fiction books include Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (2003), which was translated into French, Spanish and Japanese, and Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott (2013). His latest book, published in April 2015, is The Tongues of Earth: New and Selected Poems. Read Mark’s poem Parade.


Kathleen Balma is a Fulbright Fellow and Pushcart Prize-winning poet from the Ohio River Valley of Illinois. She began her Arts education at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, then earned advanced degrees from Southern Illinois University and Indiana University. An aficionada of Romance languages, she was an international student in Andalusia and Tuscany during her college years. She has also lived for extended periods in New South Wales, Western Australia, New England, Madrid, and Louisiana. Listen to Kathleen read her poem Dotage.


Joshua Bartolome works as a hospital clerk by day and writes at night. An aspiring screenwriter dabbling in the horror genre, his short screenplay, “Larping,” was a finalist in the 2013 Los Angeles Shriekfest and the Slamdance Short Screenplay competitions. His most recent work, “Oubliette,” a tale of cosmic terror, was chosen as a finalist in the Providence Journal’s H.P. Lovecraft short story contest, and will be published August 2015. Read Joshua’s poem The Cadaver.


Anna Berry is an artist and writer from Scotland. Her visual art tends to comprise installations, usually paper, and photography. Her poems and art often riff around the idea that cognition shapes reality. This is related to her disabilities, including brain-damage, which dictate she inhabits rather a parallel universe. Ideas of great struggle often recur. Her work can also be quite political, taking the form of cultural criticism from the stance of an outside observer. Listen to Anna read her poem The African Burial Ground.


Born and raised in the Bronx, Mary O’Keefe Brady is a dual citizen of the USA and Ireland. Her debut chapbook, Time Out, is published by Finishing Line Press. She currently resides in New York’s lower Hudson valley and travels frequently, often to Charleston, South Carolina and that most magical Canadian province, Prince Edward Island. Listen to Mary read her poem Into This World.


Kevin Brophy is the author of thirteen books of fiction, poetry and essays, including Walking: New and Selected Poems (John Leonard Press 2013). From 1980 to 1994 he was founding co-editor of Going Down Swinging. He is patron of the Melbourne Poets Union and a life member of Writers Victoria. In 2015 he was poet in residence at the Australia Council BR Whiting Studio in Rome. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. Listen to Kevin read his shortlisted poem Elena and his longlisted poem Still Life with Blood Orange. Photo credit: Nick Walton-Healey.


David Bunn is from Melbourne, Australia and spent many years working for the labour movement. He was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize in 2011 and that same year was joint winner of the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, which is awarded through Island magazine in Tasmania. Listen to David read his poem Elantxobe.


Sarah Burgoyne is a Montreal-based writer originally from Canada’s west coast. Her first collection Saint Twin is coming out with Mansfield Press in 2016. Her chapbook Love the Sacred Raisin Cakes was published with Baseline Press in 2014 and Happy Dog, Sad Dog with Proper Tales Press in 2013. You can find her work online and in various journals across Canada and the U.S.A. Listen to Sarah read her poem Story of a Leaf.


Gayelene Carbis is an award-winning writer of poetry, prose and plays. In 2012 Gayelene was awarded a Scholarship for a Banff Centre Residency; read her poetry in Banff and New York; and was Shortlisted for the Fish International Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been widely published in Australia and overseas. Her latest play will be performed in New York, Chicago and Melbourne in 2016/2017. Gayelene teaches Screenwriting (RMIT) and Creative Writing (Melbourne University). Read Gayelene’s poem Father Is In Insurance and Out Most Nights.


Born in California, Jabez Churchill was educated both there and in Argentina. He’s been practicing Civil Disobedience since 1969. A mariner and single dad, he is currently teaching Modern Languages at Santa Rosa and Mendocino Colleges. Working with California Poets in the Public Schools, he’s been teaching poetry to young adults and at-risk youth since 1998. Churchill is currently Poet Laureate of Ukiah. Listen to Jabez read his poem Personal Creed.


Phil Davey has dual British and New Zealand citizenship. His poems have been shortlisted in the Montreal and Bridport Poetry Competitions and published in Oxford Poetry Now, Poetry London/Apple Magazine and Illuminations. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick and in Film Studies from the University of Exeter. After years in Chester, Oxford, Cambridge, Trieste, London, Bedford, Milan and Varese, he now lives with his wife Chiara in Brussels. Listen to Phil read his poem A Good Day’s Work.


Johanna Emeney recently completed her PhD on the topic of medical poetry at Massey University where she has also enjoyed a role as tutor in Creative Writing. Emeney delivers the Michael King Young Writers Programme with her friend Rosalind Ali. They also work with older adults, migrant youth and local teens on various Council-sponsored writing programmes. Emeney’s book of poetry Apple & Tree was published by Cape Catley in 2011. Listen to Johanna read her poem There Are No More Horses.


Ann Giard-Chase is a descendent of Irish immigrants who fled the Potato Famine. She grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont. She is a published poet, has raised four wonderful children, and works as the HR Director for a municipality in New York State. Listen to Ann read her poem Escape to Grosse Isle.


Vicki Goodfellow Duke teaches in the Faculty of Communications at Mount Royal University, Calgary. Her poetry has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, Room Magazine, CV2, The Grist Mill, and New Millenium Writings. She has received various awards, including The Dorothy Sargeant Rosenberg Memorial Poetry Prize, Cyberslam, The Ray Burrell Award, and Prairie Poetry Friends’ Prize. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Shaunt Basmajian Award for her chapbook, The Year We Quit Believing. Listen to Vicki read her poem Stillborn.


Eva H.D. lives in Toronto. Her first book of poetry, Rotten Perfect Mouth, was published by Mansfield Press in the spring of 2015. Listen to Eva read her poem 38 Michigans.



Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (both from Wipf & Stock). His latest book, The Work of Creation: Selected Prose, is forthcoming from Wipf & Stock in January. He is the founder and editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. Listen to Luke read his poem Weather.


Michael Henry lives in Cheltenham (UK) but spent thirteen years teaching in Canada where he was first published. He won a Hawthornden Fellowship in 1989 and has five published collections: four with Enitharmon Press; the latest, Bureau of the Lost and Found, with Five Seasons Press. In 2011 he won the Hippocrates Open Prize for a poem on a medical subject. He has been published in many leading poetry magazines and in anthologies. Listen to Michael read his poem The Lost School of Botany.


Amber Homeniuk works as an Expressive Arts Therapist. Her poems appear in The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Numéro Cinq, and Windsor Review. Amber’s first chapbook is Product of Eden: Field of Mice. This year she’s been a finalist in the PRISM International poetry contest and won Readers’ Choice for Arc’s Poem of the Year. Amber lives in rural south-western Ontario, blogs groovy outfits at Butane Anvil, and is kept by a small flock of hens. Listen to Amber read her poem Wound Care Ghazal.


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. Listen to Cynthia read her poem M1.


Lisa Jacobson is the author of three books of poetry: Hair and Skin & Teeth (1995), The Sunlit Zone (2012), which won the South Australian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry; and South in the World (2014). In 2011 she won the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize. Her poem, “Photographs with Jews”, was longlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize 2013. She lives in Melbourne. www.lisajacobson.org Listen to Lisa read her poem A Summer Killing.


Jayne Jenner is an LCSW with a private psychotherapy practice in New York City. She studied at Penn State University, University of Manchester, England, and Fordham University, Lincoln Center. Her writing draws heavily on her experiences growing up in western Pennsylvania and her international travels as a flight attendant for American Airlines. She is a member of Mudfish Poetry Workshop, and received a first place prize in The 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition, 2014. Listen to Jayne read her poem Gambling Everything.


Dorianne Laux is the author of several poetry collections, most recently The Book of Men. The recipient of many national grants and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Laux lives in Raleigh, where she is the director of the MFA program at North Carolina State University.  She is also founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program in Forest Grove and Seaside, Oregon. Listen to Dorianne read her poem Letter to My Dead Mother.


Sandra Lloyd is a poet and registered nurse with a BSc in Psychology and an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Her poetry and prose have appeared in publications including The Antigonish Review, Prism International, The Rotary Dial, The Puritan, and Evenings on Paisley Avenue: Seven Hamilton Poets. She lives in Ancaster, Ontario. Listen to Sandra read her poem Rule Of Threes.


Thomas Lux has two books forthcoming in 2016: a book of poetry, To the Left of Time (Houghton Mifflin Hourcourt), and an edited volume, Selected Poems of Bill Knott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He is the Bourne Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Read Thomas’s poem Manure Pile Covered in Snow.


Sneha Madhavan-Reese was born in Detroit and now lives in Ottawa. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals across Canada, including Arc, Descant, The New Quarterly, and The Antigonish Review. The winner of Arc’s 2015 Diana Brebner Prize, she was also a finalist for The Malahat Review’s 2014 Far Horizons Award and a finalist for the 2013 Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Her debut poetry collection, Observing the Moon, is forthcoming from Hagios Press. www.madhavan-reese.com/sneha. Listen to Sneha read her shortlisted poems Robert Pinsky and Thoppil Bhasi.


Jennie Malboeuf is a native of Kentucky. Her poems are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, PRISM, on Unsplendid, and the Bellingham Review; work has recently appeared in Poet Lore, on the Cortland Review, and elsewhere. She has won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Award and was a finalist for the Iowa Review Prize, Ruth Stone Prize, and Arts & Letters Rumi Prize. She lives in North Carolina and teaches writing at Guilford College. Listen to Jennie read her poem As Soon as We Are Born We Start to Die.


Rose Maloukis is a poet and visual artist.  She has a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She was born and grew up in the United States but has made her home in Montreal since 1986. Her poetry was last published in a limited edition bilingual artist’s book, From the Middle – Sonoritiés du Coeur, which is held in the collection of both the national and provincial libraries. Listen to Rose read her poem By the Shore.


Bruce Meyer is author of 45 books of poems, short fiction, and non-fiction. His most recent books are A Chronicle of Magpies (stories), The Arrow of Time, Testing the Elements, and The Seasons, which won an IPPY Award in the U.S. and was a finalist for the Indie Fab Award for best book of poems published in North America. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Georgian College and Visiting Professor at Victoria College, U of Toronto. He lives in Barrie, Ontario. Listen to Bruce read his poems Heirloom Tomatoes and Sunday DrivesPhoto credit: Mark Raynes Roberts.


Jordan Mounteer grew up in the Slocan Valley and graduated from the University of Victoria. His work has appeared in The Malahat Review, Prairie Schooner, The Antigonish Review, Grain, Arc, and The Fiddlhead. He recently won the 2014 PRISM international Poetry Contest and The Adirondack 46er Poetry Prize, and his poems are forthcoming in The Dalhousie Review, Existere, and fillingStation. He is currently in Vietnam somewhere, writing bad werewolf romance novellas to pay the bills. Listen to Jordan read his poem Histories.


Peter Norman has published three poetry collections — most recently The Gun That Starts the Race — and a novel, Emberton. His poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets, and in 2011 he was a finalist for the Trillium Poetry Book Award. Read Peter’s poem Shards.


Felicity Plunkett is an Australian poet, critic and editor. She is the author of poetry collections Vanishing Point (UQP) and Seastrands (Vagabond Press) and the editor of Thirty Australian Poets (UQP). She is Poetry Editor with University of Queensland Press. Listen to Felicity read her poem What the Sea Remembers.


Ron Pretty’s eighth book of poetry, What the Afternoon Knows, was published in 2013. A revised and updated version of his Creating Poetry was published by Pitt Street Poetry in July this year. The results of the inaugural Ron Pretty Poetry Prize, sponsored by Five Islands Press, were announced on February 8 this year. Ron will be writer-in-residence at the Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in July, 2015. Listen to Ron read his poem The Poetry of Money.


Michael Prior’s poems have appeared in journals across Canada, America, and the United Kingdom. The winner of The Walrus’s 2014 Poetry Prize, Grain’s 2014 Short Grain Contest, and Magma Poetry’s 2013 Editors’ Prize, Michael’s first full-length collection, Model Disciple, is forthcoming from Véhicule Press in 2016. In fall 2015, Michael will be starting an MFA in poetry at Cornell University. Listen to Michael read his poem Half.


Susan Lynn Reynolds is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist. Her YA novel Strandia won the Canadian Library Association’s national Young Adult Novel of the Year award, and she is also a multiple winner of the Timothy Findley Creative Writing Prize for her short stories and poetry. She has been leading writing workshops for criminalized women at Central East Correctional Centre for 10 years and received the June Callwood Award for that program. Listen to Susan read her longlisted poem It Would Have Been a Girl and her shortlisted poem Dream Research.


Amali Rodrigo was born and grew up in Sri Lanka. She has lived in Mozambique, Kenya, India and is now in London. She’s widely published and has won several prizes in international poetry competitions. She is also the recipient of the Princess Alexandra medal from Lancaster University where she is currently a PhD candidate. Her first collection Lotus Gatherers is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in 2016. Listen to Amali read her poem Meteor Shower.


One of 100K Poets for Change, poet, lyricist, journalist and novelist Linda Rogers has been Victoria Poet Laureate and Canadian People’s Poet. Her recent publications include the novel Tempo Rubato with Ekstasis Editions and The Carter Vanderbilt Cooper anthologies from Exile Editions, which honoured her poetry with an inaugural Gwendolyn MacEwan Award. Listen to Linda read her poem Who Vanishes as He Approaches.


Richard Sanger’s plays include Not Spain, Two Words for Snow, and Hannah’s Turn. He has also translated works by Calderon, Lope de Vega and Lorca, written for numerous journals, and taught and been writer-in-residence at various universities. His poems have appeared in many publications, including the TLS, LRB and Poetry Review. Sanger’s poetry collections are Shadow Cabinet and Calling Home. He lives in Toronto. Listen to Richard read his poem Funeral Home.


Natalie Shapero is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an Editor-at-Large of the Kenyon Review. Her poetry collection, No Object, was published by Saturnalia Books in 2013, and her writing has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Progressive and elsewhere. Listen to Natalie read her poem My Hand and Cold.


Pete Smith, born and raised in Coventry, immigrated to Canada in 1974. After a long detour, he returned to poetry in the late 1990s. He’s published poetry with Wild Honey Press, Poetical Histories, Great Works and Oystercatcher among others. His reviews and essays have appeared in Agenda, The Gig, The Paper, The Capilano Review, Crayon and elsewhere. Bindings with Discords, was published by Shearsman Books (UK) in February 2015. Listen to Pete read his poem Thomas, Not Saying.


Rosamund Taylor was chosen for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series in 2015 and gave a reading as part of the Dublin International Literature Festival. This is her third time appearing on the Montreal International Poetry Prize website. She has been published in a number of magazines in the UK and Ireland, and is forthcoming in Agenda. She is currently working on a first poetry collection called Notes from an Alien. Listen to Rosamund read her poem Passage Grave.


Joseph Ushie teaches at the University of Uyo, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the 2002 Fulbright Program and recipient of many honours and awards including his state government’s for his outstanding contributions to the growth of African Literature and Culture. He’s been a judge in national literary competitions and was Africa’s representative at the 2010 Philippine PEN 50th anniversary celebrations. His poetry has appeared in world-class literary anthologies and has earned global attention. Listen to Joseph read his poem Africa Today.


Jessica Van de Kemp (BA, B.Ed, MA) is a 2014 Best of the Net nominee and the author of the poetry chapbook, Spirit Light (The Steel Chisel, 2015). The recipient of a BlackBerry Scholarship in English Language and Literature and the winner of a TA Award for Excellence in Teaching, Jessica is currently pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric at the University of Waterloo. Website: jessvdk.wordpress.com | Twitter: @jess_vdk. Listen to Jessica read her poem Slant of the Girl.


Gillian Wallace’s poems have been published in various journals including Descant, The Antigonish Review, Room, and This Magazine. In 2009 she won Arc Poetry Magazine’s Diana Brebner Prize, and in 2010, she was named a “Hot Ottawa Voice” by Ottawa’s Tree Reading Series. Gillian has her PhD in the psychology of religion. Her thesis was on the origins of evil. She occasionally edits her poems online at http://gillianwallace.ca. Listen to Gillian read her poem Hunger.


Stephanie Warner completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her poetry has appeared in Event, Arc, Descant, This Magazine and Prairie Fire. Her first collection of poetry is forthcoming with Fitzhenry & Whiteside, and she has been accepted to undertake a creative-critical PhD in poetry at UEA. She has taught English in Prague and Literature in Beijing. She now resides in Barcelona with an Englishman and a demanding cat. Listen to Stephanie read her poem Shapes & Sizes.


Jessica L. Wilkinson’s first book Marionette: a biography of Miss Marion Davies was published by Vagabond in 2012 and shortlisted for the 2014 Kenneth Slessor Award. Her second, Suite for Percy Grainger: a biography was published in 2014. She is currently working on her third poetic biography, Music Made Visible: a biography of George Balanchine. Jessica is the founding editor of Rabbit: a journal for non-fiction poetry. Listen to Jessica read her poem Firebird.


Shoshanna Wingate is the author of Radio Weather, a poetry collection (Fall 2014, Vehicule Press) and a poetry chapbook, Homing Instinct (Frog Hollow Press, 2011).  She is also a textile artist who works with natural dyes and foraged dye plants (Shoshi Designs). Born in New York City, she moved to Canada in 2004 and lives in Sackville, New Brunswick. Read Shoshanna’s poem Siege.


Jena Woodhouse (Australia) has spent a decade in Greece and was recently (2015) granted a writer’s residency in France, at CAMAC Centre d’Art, Marnay-sur-Seine, the setting of the present poem. In addition to two published poetry collections, her poems have been shortlisted and have sometimes received prizes in national and international competitions. She has also translated poetry from the Russian and the Modern Greek. A third poetry collection is nearing completion. Listen to Jena read her poem Evening Stroll by the Canal.


Anjali Yardi was born in India and moved to Australia in 1989. She has an MA in English Literature and has written poetry all her adult life. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies in India, Britain and Australia. In 2004 she was joint runner-up for the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize. Her poem, “Venus’s Flower Basket,” appears pseudonymously in The Best Australian Poems 2012. She is married and has two adult daughters. Listen to Anjali read her poem Reindeer Herders.