2020 / 2021  

Jim Johnstone

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: coordinatingeditor@arcpoetry.ca. Please address our staff with their correct names if you wish to participate in the program.


Toronto-based poet, editor, and critic, Jim Johnstone 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. [provided for the 2020-2021 Poet-in-Residence]

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