Picture of Pearl
Photo by Roland Prevost
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Book geek shot on bpNichol Lane outside Coach House. Photo by Brian Pirie

New: Come spring 2016, I have a new chapbook out with words(on)pages as an ongoing lack of spontaneous combustion has found a Toronto home.


In short: Pearl Pirie’s  the pet radish, shrunken, is here! from BookThug in paper, ePub or ePdf. Reviews are starting.


Author of the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015) been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010) and Thirsts (Snare, 2011) which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, Pirie is president of KaDo, an Ottawa-area group for haiku and tanka and related forms.


Pirie has over a dozen chapbooks, most recently Reviews of Non-existent Titles  ( Shreeking Violet Press , 2015),  Please Don't Tickle the Salamander's Belly  (In/Words, 2015),  Writing Sparks ( phafours , 2015),  today's woods ( above/ground, 2014) & polyphonic choral of civet tongues and manna (unarmed, 2014). 


A host of Literary Landscape on, she also blogs and photographs Ottawa’s rich, amazing literary scene. She gives workshops and talks on poetry for various organizations. 





Recent and soon: Forthcoming in  Bottle Rockets  (Feb 2016). Strathcona Park  at The Spark. Poems coming in a forthcoming Haiku Canada ReviewFreshly out in  Poetry Quarter , tanka in  Gusts , fall/winter 2015, 2 vispo in Australia's Otoliths in  issue 39 . A haiku in the   September 2015 issue of  A Hundred GourdsTwo poems in August in  One Sentence Poems. romantic painster, louder, I can’t even hear you bleed, in Flat Singles Press, a haibun at the Kitchissippi Times, haiku in Comparing Tattoos (Haiku Canada, 2015) Haiku in Painting Sunlight: A Trilingual Canadian Haiku Anthology (Wah, 2015). A collaborative series with Roland Prevost is out in the spring 2015 issue of Filling Station. Short story out in the spring 2015 issue of Dreamland Magazine. Profile of phafours press at OpenBook


In 2015: Competed at Battle of the Bards March 25th. Shortlisted for an historical writing award. And WellThatPuts bot page delivering matryoshka words on demand. Or take them as they came on with WellThatPuts on twitter. Her poem from Filling Station was chosen as part of 2014's Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014 Anthology (Tightrope).  An article on her at the Kitchissippi Times here.




Longer bio: Author of the pet radish, shrunken (Book Thug, 2015), been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010), Pearl Pirie's manuscript Thirsts  (Snare, 2011) won the 2011 Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry. Newest is Writing Sparks (phafours, 2015), vertigoheel for the dilly  (above/ground, 2015) and  Quebec Passages from Noun Trivet Press.


Since July 2013, she has been one of the 3 on the rotating roster for Literary Landscape. She is a radio host with Kate Hunt and JM Francheteau. Listen online at CKCU online or on the air at 93.1 in Ottawa each Thursday from 6:30pm-7:00pm EST.


She  speaks to classes, groups and gives workshops  on poetry for various organizations (The Alexandra Writers' Centre, Ottawa Public Library, Dusty Owl, Ottawa Independent Writers, Canadian Author's Association,  Westborobrainery, Carleton University Creative Writing Camps for kids, OCD School Board, Tree Reading Series). She round tables participants poems for efficiency, freshness and clarity, provides exercises on combining disparate materials, use of space and punctuation, various poetic forms and devices. Sample handouts for your classroom are under  resources .


She  coordinated workshops  for the Tree Seed  Workshop Series  for the  Tree Reading Series  from 2009-2014.   She runs occasional pop up readings and workshops under Nouveau Studio.


Her poetry has appeared in anthologies including: The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014 (Tightrope, 2014), Painting Sunlight: A Trilingual Canadian Haiku Anthology  (Wah, 2015),  Lighting the Global Lantern: A Teacher's Guide to Haiku and Related Forms,  edited by Terry Ann Carter (Wintergreen Studios, 2011) Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, ed. by Penny Harter and Scott Wiggerman (Dos Gatos Press, 2013),  Evening Will Come: Women of Visual Poetry  (Volta, 2013)and   ditch, anthology 4 (canadian) (innovative poets)  (ditch, 2010) .


Her poems have been translated to Punjabi, Hindi, Romanian, Hebrew and Arabic.

She has been a contest judge and jurist for League of Canadian Poets for the Gerald Lampert jury, OAC writers' work in progress, at Arc for the Diana Brebner Prize, Sawdust Reading Series, at Ottawa Public Library for their poetry month competition, and for other groups.


In March 2013, she was commissioned to write poems for a dozen people. The acrostics by Pirie for a Versefest kickstarter included this one for  Jacqueline Williams .


She has been an editor and has done layout and design for Tree Press, Sidereal Press, Wholefullness, and phafours press chapbooks. She has been on the selection committee for the Bywords Quarterly Journal, and on the editorial team for two of their single-author chapbooks.


She does manuscript evaluation/editing. $50 flat consultation and hourly fee after with 3 hour minimum. She does layout, design end of printing of chapbooks for $25/hr with Chalkpaths


She  publishes  ephemera and chapbooks thru her micropress  phafours press and organizes readings for those and workshops or readings for poets coming thru town. 


unarmed, Corrupt Press, AngelHouse Press, above/ground, and obvious epiphanies press have put out chapbooks of her poems.


She has book reviews at pesbo, Arc and in Matrix.


She gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The League of Canadian Poets (travel grant), Canada Council (Literary Reading grants), City of Ottawa (Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists), and the Ontario Arts Council (Writers' Reserve grants).


She reports and photographs . poetry, events and poetics:  pesbo ;  general life:  Humanyms cooking,  Planet of the Scapes cooking column at Centretown Buzz ;  writing community  Quill & Quire events pics ; and on GoodReads . Formerly a writer at  Local Tourist Ottawa  and  vegetarian food  blogger at  EatenUp. 


She has taken poetry workshops from Hoa Nguyen, John McCulloughStuart RossDaphne Marlatt, rob mclennan, Roo Borson, Stephen Brockwell, David O'Meara, Ian Roy, Joanne Proulx, Scott Wiggerman, derek beaulieu, Barry Dempster, Wendy Morton, Ciera Adams and a.rawlings. She has done a writing retreat at Sage Hill. She has been at the poetry-w listserv learning and mentoring since 2003. She has taken basic book making workshops from Samantha Harding (2009),Terry Ann Carter (2011), and Christine McNair (2012).


Awards/Recognitions include: poem in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014  (Tightrope, 2014).  The First Mother's Day After Dad's Death  made the 50-poem longlist for The Best Canadian Poetry 2011 (Tightrope) , The Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry 2011, Hot Ottawa Voice 2008, 3rd Place in the Ray Burrell Poetry Contest 2007,  HonourableMention in the Ray Burrell Poetry Contest 2006 and was included in the John Newlove Award finalists in 2003


She's a member of the League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada, Haiku North America and Tanka Canada.