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, who will continue to build the anthology, and Cecily Nicholson, the winner of the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, who joins us as a guest editor this year.

2017 Guest Editor: Richard Harrison

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.

On Musqueam-, Squamish-, and Tsleil-Waututh-land, Cecily Nicholson has worked in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver for nineteen years — most recently as Administrator of the artist-run centre and mental health resource, Gallery Gachet. A part of the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Cecily is the newly appointed Interpretive Programmer at the Surrey Art Gallery. She is the author of Triage, From the Poplars, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Wayside Sang, winner of the Governor General's award for poetry.

Cecily's preferred poetic subjects include place and movement based works that work across scale. Her style interests are broadly influenced by music and lyric, language poetry, and community praxis. 

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

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

Born in New York, Adam Sol has lived in Toronto for 20 years. He has published four books of poetry, including Complicity, his most recent collection. His novel-in-verse Jeremiah, Ohio was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award for Poetry and his collection Crowd of Sounds won the award in 2004. His latest project is How a Poem Moves, a series of essays that will become a book in the spring of 2019. Many of the essays can be accessed at his blog: https://howapoemmoves.wordpress.com.

 

His poetic interests circle around the complications of being a person, how we are at once serious human beings with spiritual yearnings and socio-political frustrations, and also people who like to play stupid video games and eat beaver tails. How can poems reconcile these conflicting selves? He went to school for a long time and earned a bunch of degrees, but gets equal inspiration from the goofy as the esoteric, from Herman Melville to Jennifer L. Knox, from Talmudic stories to the Toronto Raptors.

Wondering who chooses the poems for our anthology?