Wondering who chooses the poems for our anthology?

Our Anthology Editors

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Since 2010, Damian Rogers, our Founding Director and a poet, has selected hundreds of exciting poems for our anthology for grades 9-12. She was joined by Hoa Nguyen and Joshua Whitehead from 2017-2020, along with Guest Editor Richard Harrison (2017) and Cecily Nicholson (2018). Our Junior Anthology has been headed by Adriana Oniță and Adam Sol.

Do you have poems you'd like to suggest for the anthology? Email the editorial board at poems@poetryinvoice.com

The Editorial Board now changes yearly. Meet our 2022 team!

Senior Anthology Editors

David Bradford is a poet, translator and editor based in Tioh'tia:ke (Montréal). He holds a BA from Concordia University and an MFA from the University of Guelph. A lifelong Montrealer, Bradford’s work formally engages and frustrates dominant conceptions of blackness in the Diaspora. His poetry has appeared in, among others, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, fillingStation, The Capilano Review, Carte Blanche, and anthologized in The Unpublished City, a 2018 Toronto Book Awards finalist. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Call Out (knife | fork | book, 2017), Nell Zink Is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017), and The Plot (House House Press, 2018). Bradford’s first book, Dream of No One but Myself (Brick Books, 2021), is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the versioning aspects of his and his family’s histories with abuse and trauma, and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Bradford's second book, Bottom Rail on Top, is forthcoming in 2023 from Brick Books.

Susan lives on Haida Gwaii, islands in the North Pacific that lie equidistant from Luxor, Machu Picchu, Ninevah and Timbuktu. She has published over 30 books —poetry, novels, non-fiction, books for children. The high point of her literary career was finding her name in the index of Montreal‘s Irish Mafia. Her new book of poetry, Exculpatory Lilies, will be published by M&S in 2022. Susan Musgrave likes to quote Hunter S. Thompson, who said, “I don’t advocate sex, drugs, violence or insanity, but they’ve always worked for me.” Given that this is a high school anthology she has to add, “Just kidding,” so she doesn't get sent to the principal's office.

 

Bänoo Zan is a self-exiled poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with numerous published pieces and three books. Songs of Exile was shortlisted for Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Letters to My Father was published in 2017. She uses symbolism, oxymoron and allusions to myth, religion, and culture and has been called a political, metaphysical, and spiritual poet. Zan has been influenced by classic and contemporary Persian poets as well as their counterparts in English, including Hafez, Rumi, Forough Farrokhzad, Ahmad Shamlou, Sohrab Sepehri, Shakespeare, John Donne, Sylvia Plath, and Adrienne Rich. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012). A contract faculty member at Centennial College, she teaches ESL and English to international and domestic students.

Junior Anthology Editor

Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is the author of the poetry books Status Update (2013), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and the Gerald Lampert Award–winning Sweet Devilry (2011). Her new book Grappling Hook, is due out with Palimpsest Press in the fall of 2022. Status Update is a book entirely based off of other people’s status updates on Facebook, which serve as the title to each of her poems. Her books of poetry include lyric poems, as well as poems using such traditional forms as glossa, sonnet, haiku, and many others. She is also the author of several children’s books, including picture books such as A Flock of Shoes, the non-fiction Warriors and Wailers, and the YA novel Breathing Fire. Sarah's work has been published and translated internationally, as well as named to the OLA Best Bets for Children, Best Books for Kids & Teens, and many others. She is the Poetry Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine.

Our Anthology Editors
Our Anthology Editors

Wondering who chooses the poems for our anthology?