Micheline Maylor

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Micheline Maylor
Calgary Poet Laureate
Preceded by Derek Beaulieu
Succeeded by Sheri-D Wilson
Personal details
Born Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Domestic partner Jeff Kovitz QC
Residence Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Poet, Academic Critic, Editor

Micheline Maylor (born in 1970) is a Canadian poet, academic, critic and editor.

Early life[edit]

Maylor was born in Windsor, Ontario of Voyageur, French, and English ancestry. She moved to Calgary, Alberta and was raised as a Buddhist by artist parents.[citation needed]


Maylor holds a BA from the University of Calgary (honours with a specialty in creative writing and a minor in anthropology).[1] She earned a Masters degree from Lancaster University UK (distinction in creative writing/Can-Lit).[2] She was awarded the International Research Scholarship and the Overseas Research Scholarship. She was awarded a Ph.D from Newcastle on Tyne (Late 20th century Canadian literature and creative writing).[3]



Maylor's first book, Full Depth: The Raymond Knister Poems was long listed for the ReLit award[4][5] and inspired by living in John Knister's ancestral home.

Her Chapbook, Starfish, an elegiac long poem written on the death of her best friend, sold out in 2007.

Her third collection, Whirr and Click,[6] was short-listed for the Pat Lowther Award for best book written by a Canadian woman in 2014,[7] about which Douglas Glover writes, “Micheline Maylor writes poems with dash and élan, attack poems, full of desire, heart, dangerous men and revenge.”[8]

Her newest collection, Little Wildheart,[9] published by the University of Alberta Press, was recently short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry[10] and deals with the question: What does it mean to be human? Quill and Quire gave it a starred review calling it "a charming quirk",[11] and The Toronto Star described it as: "poems that crackle with lyric energy".[12]

Her poetry has been published in over 85 journals in five countries.[13]

Influences come from Don Coles, Jeffery Donaldson, Douglas Glover, Patrick Lane, Carmine Starnino, Richard Harrison, and Jan Zwicky.


Maylor is the co-founder of the non-profit Freefall Literary Society[14] where she was the editor in chief from 2006-2016, before shifting to Frontenac House Press. She currently edits the Quartet poetry series for which the authors have been shortlisted or have won: The Goldie Award[15] for best Lesbian poetry book in North America; The Gerald Lampert Award for best first book; The Pat Lowther Award for best book by a Canadian woman; The Stephan G. Stephansson Award for best Alberta poetry book; The Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards; The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award; and the Alberta Magazine Publisher’s Awards in several categories.

Maylor was the editor of the awarding winning "This Wound is a World[16]" by Billy-Ray Belcourt published by Frontenac House, which won the prestigious 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize, the Most Significant Book of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer, Indigenous Voices Awards (2018), and the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize (2018),was short listed for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (2018), and the Raymond Souster Award (2018).

She is a regular poetry reviewer at Quill and Quire.

Teaching and mentoring[edit]

She holds a teaching position and has won awards at Mount Royal University.[17] where she won the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching by Mount Royal Faculty Association.[18] She is the past president at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society and continues to teach the poetry master class.

Following the tradition of many Canadian Writers, she is a long-time member of the League of Canadian Poets.


On April 25, 2016 Micheline Maylor was sworn in as Calgary's first female Poet Laureate[19][20][21][22] for a two-year term, and as such acts as an ambassador of the arts to the citizens of Calgary. The Calgary Poet Laureate produces literary work that is reflective of Calgary’s landscape, cityscape and/or civic identity and that may raise awareness of local issues and is an initiative of the Calgary, an initiative of the Calgary Arts Development Authority[23]

She was appointed as Author in Residence for the Calgary Public Library on April 26, 2016.[24] She is the Author in Residence at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society in 2017[25]

Maylor was elected to the Senate of the University of Calgary for a three year term commencing in September, 2017. Maylor is a member of the Calgary Institute of Humanities Advisory Board.[26]

Maylor was appointed as a member of the Mount Royal University Distinguished Faculty Academy in May of 2018 as a result of receiving the Mount Royal University 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award for Contract Faculty.


Selected bibliography[edit]



  • Shy (University of Alberta Press) 2013. ISBN 978-0-88864-670-5
  • Poems for Planet Earth (Leaf Press) 2013[30]
  • Freshwater Pearls (Recliner Books) 2011
  • Home and Away (House of Blue Skies) 2009


  1. ^ "Even the Done: Poems --- Micheline Maylor". Numéro Cinq. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "New Poet Laureate for Calgary". Lancaster University. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Classnotes" (PDF). Newcastle University. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "The ReLit Awards/ Ideas, Not Money: HOW TO SUBMIT". ReLit Awards. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  5. ^ "Four local writers make long list for ReLit Awards - Living". The Telegram. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Whirr & Click review by Stevie Howell". Quill and Quire. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Pat Lowther Memorial Award Shortlist 2014" (PDF). League of Canadian Poets. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Firelight Interview Series: Micheline Maylor". Lauren Carter, author and teacher. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  9. ^ Maylor, Micheline (2017-03-07). Little Wildheart. University of Alberta Press. ISBN 9781772122336. 
  10. ^ "The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry". Matrix Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  11. ^ "Little Wildheart | Quill and Quire". Quill and Quire. 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  12. ^ "Poetry: read the latest volumes and celebrate National Poetry Month | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  13. ^ "Micheline Maylor named Calgary's Poet Laureate". Metro International. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  14. ^ "FreeFall Magazine Home Page". www.freefallmagazine.ca. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  15. ^ "2015 Award Winners". Golden Crown Literary Society. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  16. ^ Billy-Ray,, Belcourt,. This wound is a world : poems. Calgary, Alberta. ISBN 9781927823644. OCLC 992558862. 
  17. ^ a b "Faculty - Mount Royal University - Calgary, Alberta, Canada". Mount Royal University. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  18. ^ "Award Recipients | Mount Royal Faculty Association". Mrfa.net. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "Micheline Maylor named Calgary's poet laureate". Calgary Herald. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  20. ^ "Calgary's new poet laureate is Micheline Maylor". CBC.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  21. ^ Halloran, Nicole. "AMPA Member Named Calgary's Poet Laureate - Alberta Magazine Publishers Association". www.albertamagazines.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  22. ^ "The Poets Laureate of Canada". NUVO Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  23. ^ "Calgary Poet Laureate: Micheline Maylor". Calgary Arts Development. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  24. ^ "Author in Residence". CalgaryLibrary.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  25. ^ "2017 Writer in Residence | Alexandra Writers Centre Society". www.alexandrawriters.org. Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  26. ^ "Calgary Institute for the Humanities | University of Calgary". arts.ucalgary.ca. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  27. ^ "Pat Lowther -Poets.ca". poets.ca. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  28. ^ "Postcard Story Contest". Geist.com. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  29. ^ "Morgan Kenney, Founder of the Petra Kenney Poetry Competition - Winning Writers". winningwriters.com. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  30. ^ "Even the Done: Poems — Micheline Maylor". Numéro Cinq. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 

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