Carole Langille

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Carole Glasser Langille is a Canadian poet, the author of three books of poetry.


Carole Langille is originally from New York City, where she studied with the poets John Ashbery and Carolyn Forche. She has taught at The Humber School for Writing Summer Program, Maritime Writer's Workshop, the Community of Writers in Tatamagouche, and at Women's Words the University of Alberta. She has also taught courses called “Creative Writing” at Mount Saint Vincent University, “Writing for the Arts” at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She currently teaches Creative Writing: Poetry at Dalhousie University.[1]

Several selections from Carole Langille's most recently published book of poetry, Late In A Slow Time, have been adapted to music by renowned Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin. The production, narrated by Barbara Budd, debuted at the 2006 Sound Symposium in St. John's, Newfoundland and is on Duo Concertante's CD Wild Bird (October 2010).[2]

She has received Canada Council Grants for poetry, non-fiction and fiction as well as Nova Scotia Cultural Arts grants for poetry and fiction. Her work has been nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Her fourth book of poetry, Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems, will be out in 2012.

Carole Langille lives in Black Point, Nova Scotia with her family.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • When I Always Wanted Something, long listed for the 2009 ReLit Award for short fiction, 2009.[4]
  • In Cannon Cave: Governor General's Award for Poetry, finalist, 1997; Atlantic Poetry Prize finalist, 1998
  • CBC Literary Awards, finalist, 1997.
  • Where the Wind Sleeps: Canadian Children's Book Centre Choice, 1996.
  • MacDowell Fellowship, 1986.

Critical observations[edit]

'Late' in Carole Glasser Langille's new book (Late in a Slow Time) comes to mean not 'too late' but 'recently achieved, after long experience.' Her poetry takes the always provisional knowledge derived from living and thinking, and produces the delight of fine and fresh perception - a delight constantly enacted in memorable language, sparkling and original yet direct and simple. Wise and funny, private and public, various in their tones and subjects, Langille's poems never lose their thread, they project "To eat life's brevity/the way the North wind eats winter/and grows strong."[5]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Late in a Slow Time. (Mansfield Press, 2003).
  • In Cannon Cave. (Brick Books, 1997).
  • All That Glitters in Water. (New Poetry Series, Baltimore, 1990).


  • Where the Wind Sleeps. (Roseway Publishing, 1996).
  • Interview with a Stick Collector. ( Roseway Publishing, 2004).


  • When I Always Wanted Something. (The Mercury Press, 2008)


  • In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. (Raincoast Books 2005).
  • Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada. (Gooselane 2002).
  • Words Out There: Women Poets in Atlantic Canada (Roseway 1999).
  • Windhorse Reader: Choice Poems of ‘93. (Samurai Press, 1993).
  • Vintage'92. (Sono Nis Press, 1993).
  • Blood to Remember: American Poets on Holocaust. (Texas University Press, 1991).


  1. ^ "Carole Langille". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Recordings". Duo Concertante. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Carole Glasser Langille". Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "The ReLit Awards/Ideas not Money". The ReLit Awards. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Moritz, A.F. "Carole Glasser Langille". Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 

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