Evan Jones (Canadian poet)

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Evan Jones (born 1973 in Weston, York, Ontario) is a Canadian poet and critic. He completed his secondary education at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto. In 2003, he was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards for Poetry.[1] He is currently a creative writing teacher at the University of Bolton, where he resides full time.



  • Nothing Fell Today But Rain. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. 2003. [2]
  • Paralogues. Carcanet Press. 2012. [3]


  • Modern Canadian Poets: an anthology. Carcanet Press. 2010.  (with Todd Swift)
  • Introductions: Poets Present Poets. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. 2001. [4]


  • 2003 Finalist, Governor General's Award for Poetry[5]


The words ‘exciting’ and ‘necessary’ are too often bandied about when a new(-ish) writer surfaces, but this book is both of these things. Jones reintroduces surrealism back into the mainstream of British poetry, but he also does something new. He shows that surrealism can deal with identity in a way which is contemporary and responsive to the internationalised lives which are lead in the twenty-first century.[6]

Paralogues is a remarkable second collection: other Canadian poets use Europe as a kind of arena for their lyric experiments - Don Coles’ Sweden, or the classical world as re-interpreted by Anne Carson or Norm Sibum – but Jones’s poems are much more tangled and materially dense than the work of his older compatriots. .[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 2003 Governor General's Awards#Poetry
  2. ^ "Nothing Fell Today But Rain". Fitzhenry and Whiteside. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Paralogues". Carcanet Press. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Introductions: Poets Present Poets". Fitzhenry and Whiteside. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  5. ^ "Governor General's Literary Awards, Finalists Poetry 2003". The Canada Council for Arts. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  6. ^ Ian Pople (2012). "Evan Jones Paralogues Review". The Manchester Review. 
  7. ^ John McAuliffe (2012). "The Future Past: Evan Jones' Paralogues and Cavafy Review". The Carcanet Blog.