Jim Johnstone (poet)

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Jim Johnstone (born 1978) is a reproductive physiologist and Canadian poet. He was born in Stouffville, Ontario[1] and is the author of four collections of poetry.

Johnstone's work has received numerous awards including Arc Poetry Magazine's Readers' Choice Award,[2] a CBC Literary Award,[3] the E. J. Pratt Medal and Prize in Poetry, Matrix Magazine's Lit-Pop Award,[4] the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize,[5] and he won This Magazine's Great Canadian Literary Hunt.[6]

Johnstone is the former editor of Misunderstandings Magazine, a literary journal he founded with Ian Williams and Vicki Sloot in 2005, and the former poetry editor for Cactus Press.[7]



  • The Velocity Of Escape. Guernica Editions, 2008. [8]
  • Patternicity. Nightwood Editions, 2010. [9]
  • Sunday, the locusts. Tightrope Books, 2011. [10]
  • Dog Ear. Véhicule Press, 2014. [11]

As Editor[edit]

  • The Essential Earle Birney. Porcupine's Quill, 2014. [12]
  • The Essential D. G. Jones. Porcupine's Quill, 2016. [13]


  • Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone. Frog Hollow Press, 2011. [14]