Anne Compton

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Anne Compton (born 1947) is a Canadian poet, critic, and anthologist.


Compton was born and raised in the farming community of Bangor, Prince Edward Island. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Prince Edward Island, her Masters from York University and her PhD from the University of New Brunswick.[1] Until retiring to write full-time in 2012, Dr. Compton taught literature and creative writing for the Department of Humanities and Languages at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, where she also served as Writer-in-Residence and, for many years, the Director of the Lorenzo Reading Series. She serves on the New Brunswick Arts Board.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Opening the Island[edit]

Shortlisted - Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (2002)

Won - Atlantic Poetry Prize (2003)[2]


Won - Governor General's Award for poetry in English (2005)[3]

Won - Atlantic Poetry Prize (2006)[4]

Shortlisted - Pat Lowther Prize

Asking Questions Indoors and Out[edit]

Shortlisted - Atlantic Poetry Prize (2010)[5]

Other recognition[edit]



  • A.J.M. Smith: Canadian Metaphysical (1994)
  • The Edge of Home: Milton Acorn from the Island (editor, 2002)
  • Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada (co-editor, 2002)
  • Meetings with Maritime Poets (2006)


  • Opening the Island (2003)
  • Processional (2005)
  • Asking Questions Indoors and Out (2009)
  • Alongside (2013)

Selected anthologies[edit]

  • New Canadian Poetry (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2000)[7]
  • Following the Plough: Recovering the Rural (Black Moss Press, 2000)
  • Landmarks: an Anthology of New Atlantic Poetry (The Acorn Press, 2001)
  • Modern Canadian Poets (Carcanet, 2010)[8]


  1. ^ a b [1] Anne Compton UNB Faculty Biography
  2. ^ a b UPEI Archived August 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [2] Anne Compton Wins Governor General Award in Poetry
  4. ^ Compton wins Atlantic Poetry Prize - May 1, 2006 - News@UNB
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-01-14. Atlantic Book Awards
  6. ^ [3] Anne Compton
  7. ^ Who's Archived August 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ [4]

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