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Garry Thomas Morse is a Canadian poet and novelist.[1] He is a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language poetry, at the 2011 Governor General's Awards for Discovery Passages[2] and at the 2016 Governor General's Awards for Prairie Harbour,[3] and a two-time ReLit Award nominee for his fiction works Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus in 2013 and Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour in 2014.[4]

Garry Thomas Morse
Notable worksDiscovery Passages, Prairie Harbour

He is of Kwakwaka'wakw descent, and Discovery Passages centred on the historical banning of the traditional Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch and its cultural and social impact on the First Nation.[5]

He has worked as an editor for Talonbooks and Signature Editions.[6] Originally from British Columbia,[7] he is currently based in Winnipeg.[4]




  • Transversals for Orpheus (2006)
  • Streams (2007)
  • After Jack (2010)
  • Discovery Passages (2011)
  • Prairie Harbour (2016)
  • Safety Sand (2017)


  • Death in Vancouver (2009)
  • Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus (2012)
  • Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour (2013)
  • Minor Expectations (2014)


  1. ^ "Book of poetry is both a lament and an indictment". Vancouver Sun, June 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "A poetry short list to make everyone happy". The Globe and Mail, November 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Governor-General’s Literary Award short list a serious case of déjà vu". The Globe and Mail, October 4, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Bestselling writer's algorithm revealed". Winnipeg Free Press, July 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Established masters, new voices; Hall, Musgrave, Hannan, Morse, Foreman all merit prizes". Montreal Gazette, November 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "Personnel Change: Signature Editions hires Garry Thomas Morse". Quill & Quire, July 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Vancouver mayor's awards honour 12 rising artists". The Globe and Mail, June 25, 2008.