Richard Harrison (poet)

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Richard Harrison is a Canadian poet and essayist.[1]

His most recent book, On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood, won the Governor General's Award for English-language poetry[2] and the Alberta Writers Guild Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

His fourth book of poetry, Big Breath of a Wish (1998), was nominated for a Governor General's Award and won the City of Calgary Book Prize.[3]

Harrison was born in Toronto in 1957 and moved to Calgary in 1995 to spend a year as the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary. He has lived in Calgary since then. He holds degrees from Trent University (in biology and philosophy) and Concordia University (in creative writing). He has had teaching positions at Trent University, the University of Calgary, and now Mount Royal University.[3]

He has recently completed work on several books of essays (as an editor and contributor).

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 1987 Fathers Never Leave You (Mosaic Press: out of print)
  • 1991 Recovering the Naked Man (Wolsak & Wynn: out of print)
  • 1994 Hero of the Play (2004 - 10th Anniversary ed. Wolsak & Wynn)
  • 1995 Big Breath of a Wish (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • 2005 Worthy of His Fall (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • 2016 On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood (Wolsak & Wynn)

Essay Collections[edit]

  • Now is the Winter: Thinking about Hockey (2009 Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Secret Identity Reader (2010 Wolsak & Wynn)


  1. ^ Spears, Heather (2002). Line by line: an anthology of contemporary Canadian poets. Ekstasis Editions. p. 134. ISBN 978-1-896860-50-3.
  2. ^ "Governor General Literary Awards announced: Joel Thomas Hynes wins top English fiction prize". CBC News, November 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Martin, Paul (May 2003). "Harrison, Richard". Northwest Passages: Canadian Literature Online. Retrieved 2010-12-11.

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