Canisia Lubrin

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Canisia Lubrin
St. Lucia
Notable worksVoodoo Hypothesis (2017)

Canisia Lubrin (born 1984) is a writer, critic, professor, poet and editor. Originally from St. Lucia, Lubrin now lives in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Lubrin was born in St. Lucia and studied in Canada, completing a bachelor's degree at York University and a graduate degree in creative writing at the University of Guelph.[2][3]

Her first collection of poems, Voodoo Hypothesis, was published in 2017 by Wolsak & Wynn. Voodoo Hypothesis, in the author's words, intends to subvert the construct of 'blackness' and reject the contemporary and historical systems that paint black people as inferior.[4] The book also addresses the legacy of slavery in Lubrin's native Caribbean.[5] Voodoo Hypothesis was nominated for the Gerald Lampert award, the Pat Lowther award and was a finalist for the Raymond Souster award. In addition Voodoo Hypothesis was named one of 2017's best books in Canadian poetry by CBC Books and one of the ten 'must-read' books of 2017 by the League of Canadian Poets.[6][7] CBC Books also named Lubrin a Black Canadian writer to watch in 2018.[8]

Lubrin's short story Into Timmins is anthologized in The Unpublished City: Vol. I, edited by Dionne Brand, finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards.

In addition to her career as a poet, Lubrin teaches at Humber College and works as an editor with Buckrider Books, an imprint of Canadian independent press Wolsak & Wynn.[2][9] She is also a director of the Pivot Reading Series, a biweekly poetry reading series in Toronto.[10] For 2017–2018, Lubrin was a Writer-in-Residence with Poetry In Voice.[11]


  1. ^ "Canisia Lubrin on remembering her grandmother's stories — even when her grandmother couldn't". CBC Radio. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  2. ^ a b "Voodoo Hypothesis". Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  3. ^ "Creative Writing Reading Series presents Canisia Lubrin". Archived from the original on 2018-03-15. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  4. ^ Rose, Jessica (2017-12-22). "REVIEW: Canisia Lubrin's first poetry collection tackles pop culture, science, and news on race". THIS Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  5. ^ Carey, Barb (2017-10-27). "Debut poets mark the latest collections for poetry lovers". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  6. ^ "The best Canadian poetry of 2017". CBC Books. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  7. ^ "10 MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2017". Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  8. ^ "6 Black Canadian writers to watch in 2018". CBC Books. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  9. ^ Beattie, Steven W. (2017-09-11). "Jordan Abel, Jen Sookfong Lee, and Canisia Lubrin join Buckrider Books' newly formed editorial board". Quill & Quire. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  10. ^ Doherty, Mike (2017-10-14). "CanLit at a crossroads: Four writers on the state of our country's literature". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  11. ^ "Canisia Lubrin". Retrieved 2018-03-14.