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Gary Barwin

Gary Barwin is a poet, fiction writer, composer, multimedia artist, and performer. His music and writing have been published, performed and broadcast in Canada, the US, and elsewhere.

His publications include poetry: Franzlations [the imaginary Kafka parables] (with Craig Conley & Hugh Thomas; New Star), The Obvious Flap (with Gregory Betts; BookThug), The Porcupinity of the Stars, Outside the Hat and Raising Eyebrows (Coach House), Servants of Dust (No Press), and frogments from the frag pool (with derek beaulieu; The Mercury Press); and fiction: Doctor Weep and other Strange Teeth, Big Red Baby, and The Mud Game (a novel with Stuart Ross) (The Mercury Press). O: eleven songs for chorus (poems and visuals by Gary Barwin, music by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz was published by Westleaf Edition in 2011.

He was the co-winner of the 2010 bpNichol chapbook award for Inverting the Deer (serif of nottingham) and was a recipient of the KM Hunter Foundation Artist award. Barwin has performed in numerous festivals and readings series across Canada and internationally, including the International Festival of Authors (Toronto), The Ottawa International Writers Festival (Ottawa), the International Poetry Festival (Reykjavik) and the Canadian Embassy (Tokyo).

Barwin is also the author of several books for kids, including Seeing Stars which was nominated for a CLA YA Book of the Year and an Arthur Ellis Award, and The Magic Mustache (Annick) which was listed as one of Macleans’ top ten reads of the season in Winter of 1999.

Barwin received a PhD in Music Composition from SUNY at Buffalo. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife, and family and online at http://garybarwin.com . If you were the last word of this bio, you’d be home.