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Announcing Arc’s 2020 – 2021 Poet-in-Residence: Jim Johnstone!

Arc Poetry Magazine is excited to announce that our 2020 – 2021 Poet-in-Residence will be Jim Johnstone.

Toronto-based poet, editor, and critic, Jim is the author of five previous collections of poetry, most recently The Chemical Life (Véhicule Press, 2017) and Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014). He is also the winner of several awards including the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, a CBC Literary Award, the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and Poetry’s Editors Prize for Book Reviewing. Currently, Johnstone curates the Anstruther Books imprint at Palimpsest Press, where he published The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry in 2018.

Arc’s Poet-in-Residence program offers the country-wide community of writers a chance to work with an influential Canadian poet. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with Poet-in-Residence Jim Johnstone to hone and shape their poems over a one-month period. Between 30 and 60 poets participate each year. Ideal candidates to participate in the program are poets who have not yet published a poetry collection or chapbook, although the program is open to all interested poets. Many poets, including stephanie roberts, Christine McNair, Ben Ladouceur, and Phoebe Wang, have successfully used the program to help further their literary careers.

Jim Johnstone’s tenure as Poet-in-Residence will run from November 2020 to July 2021. Jim, along with selected mentees, will be a featured guest at VERSeFest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival, in 2022.

All those who submit their poems to Arc will be considered for participation in the program. However, all poets are welcome to participate, and interested parties should please send queries to: Please address our staff with their correct names if you wish to participate in the program.