Wondering who chooses the poems for our anthology?

Our Anthology Editors

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Senior Anthology Editors

Since 2010, Damian Rogers, our Founding Director and a poet, has selected hundreds of exciting poems for our anthology for grades 9-12. Now she leads our editorial board of Hoa Nguyen and Joshua Whitehead, and each year the poet who wins the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry joins the board as a guest editor. This year's editor of the Junior Anthology for grades 6-8 is Adriana Oniță

2017 Guest Editor: Richard Harrison

2018 Guest Editor: Cecily Nicholson

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

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Violet Energy Ingots from Wave Books. Her work has received favorable notice from The New York Times, The Boston Review, Publishers Weekly, and The Walrus among others. She currently lives in Toronto where she teaches at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private poetics workshop.

The founding Creative Director of Poetry In Voice, Damian Rogers is the author of two books of poetry, Paper Radio and Dear Leader. Born and raised in suburban Detroit, Rogers has lived in Toronto since 2003, where she has worked as a journalist and poetry editor. 

Joshua Whitehead is an Ojibwe Cree, Two-Spirit storyteller and academic from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Indigenous literatures and cultures at the University of Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. His most recent book of poetry is Full-Metal Indigiqueer which precedes his debut novel, Jonny Appleseed. Follow him on Twitter @JWhitehead204.

Joshua prefers to write about Indigeneity, and more specifically, 2SQ (Two-Spirit, queer Indigeneity). He is strongly influenced by the orality of Leanne Simpson and Lee Maracle, along with the powerful metaphors of Billy-Ray Belcourt and Gwen Benaway. His poetic style is usually lyrical, experimental, and intertextual, he likes to use repetition and anaphora to help structure his poems, along with a multitude of voices to help his speakers sing. 

Junior Anthology Editor

Adriana Oniță lives at the intersection between poetry, art, and languages. Născută în București but currently living in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, AB), she writes poetry in Romanian, English, Spanish, French, and Italian. Her chapbook, Conjugated Light, was published by Glass Buffalo (March 2019) and she is the 2019 winner of the Canadian Literature Centre Poetry Contest. She is the founding editor of The Polyglot, a magazine that has published over 150 multilingual poets and artists in Canada (www.thepolyglotmagazine.com). A Killam scholar, Adriana is currently pursuing her PhD in Second Language Education at the University of Alberta, where she also teaches. She is researching how poetry and the arts can help maintain heritage languages in Canada.

In 2019, Adam Sol joined our team as the editor of the Junior Anthology for grades 6-8.

Wondering who chooses the poems for our anthology?