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Anne Simpson is a Canadian poet, novelist, artist and essayist. She was a recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize.


Simpson received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Queen's University, and graduated in Fine Arts from OCAD University (formerly the Ontario College of Art).[1] Subsequently, she worked as a CUSO volunteer English teacher for two years in Nigeria. She is an adjunct professor at St. Francis Xavier University, where she established the Writing Centre.

Simpson was the co-winner of the 1997 Journey Prize, awarded for her short story Dreaming Snow. Her second collection of poetry, Loop (McClelland & Stewart, 2003), was the winner of the 2004 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize. Loop contains many poems composed in sequences, including, notably, a poetic demonstration of a Möbius strip.[2]

Her other poetry collections include Light Falls Through You (McClelland & Stewart, 2000), winner of the Gerald Lampert Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize, Quick (McClelland & Stewart, 2007), winner of the Pat Lowther Award, and Is (McClelland & Stewart, 2011) in which Simpson 'negotiates an ever-changing path between language and structure'.[3]

Simpson has written two novels: Canterbury Beach (Penguin, 2001) and Falling (McClelland & Stewart, 2008), which was a Canadian bestseller and winner of the Dartmouth Fiction Award. It was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award.

She has also written a book of essays on poetics, The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness (Gaspereau, 2009).

Simpson has been the writer-in-residence at a number of institutions, including the University of New Brunswick, the Medical Humanities Program at Dalhousie University, the Saskatoon Public Library, the University of Prince Edward Island, Dalhousie University, and Memorial University.[4] She has been a faculty member at Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Banff Centre.


  • Light Falls Through You2000 (winner of the Gerald Lampert Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize) ISBN 0-7710-8077-8
  • Loop2003 (shortlisted for the 2003 Governor General's Award, winner of the 2004 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize) ISBN 0-7710-8075-1
  • Quick – 2007 ISBN 0-7710-8091-3 (winner of the 2008 Pat Lowther Award)[5]
  • Is – 2011 ISBN 978-0-7710-8051-7


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-07-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Judges Citation , Griffin Trust Poetry Prize 2004
  3. ^ Review of 'Is'- Vancuver Sun, 2011
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  5. ^ "Press Release: N.S., Toronto poets win League of Canadian Poets honours – Arts & Entertainment – CBC News". June 23, 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2012.

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