Mary Dalton

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Mary Dalton is a Canadian poet and educator.[1] She is a professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's. She is a founder and director of the SPARKS Literary Festival at the university. She was born at Lake View, Conception Bay, Newfoundland in the 1950s.

Dalton has won various awards for her poetry, among them several Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards for Poetry as well as the TickleAce/Cabot Award for Poetry in 1997. Her collection Merrybegot (2003) was awarded the 2005 E. J. Pratt Poetry Award, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry. It was also shortlisted for the 2004 all-genre Winterset Award, the 2004 Pat Lowther Award, and the 2005 Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award. Her fourth collection is Red Ledger (2006), published by Véhicule Press, which was shortlisted for the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award and the Atlantic Poetry Award. In 2008 a set of her riddling poems, Between You and the Weather , was published by Running the Goat Books. Hooking: A Book of Centos was released by Vehicle Press in 2013. It was shortlisted for the 2014 J. M. Abraham Award, the newly named Atlantic Poetry Prize, and for the inaugural Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry, also in 2014. Her latest book is Edge: Essays, Reviews, Interviews, published by Palimpsest Press in 2015.


  • 1989: The Time of Icicles
  • 1993: Allowing the Light
  • 2003: Merrybegot
  • 2006: Red Ledger
  • 2008: Between You and the Weather
  • 2013: Hooking: A Book of Centos
  • 2015: Edge: Essays, Reviews, Interviews


  1. ^ Profile at Memorial University of Newfoundland website Archived 2007-06-25 at the Wayback Machine.

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