Born in Bracebridge Ontario, Adam Dickinson spent his childhood amidst the forests and lakes of Muskoka. It was here that he became fascinated with the complexity and beauty of nature. Yet he always had an eye for the irregular, the exceptional, as well as for the intrusive artefacts of culture.
Dickinson’s publishing career began modestly – he put some of his earliest poems in bottles and tossed them into Georgian Bay. Brick Books published his first professional collection of poetry Cartography and Walking, in 2002.
Quill and Quire declared, “It’s exciting to see a young Canadian poet really wrestle with structure and symbolism and language.” Cartography and Walking was shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award.
Five years later, in 2007, Brick Books published his next collection, Kingdom, Phylum, a poetic study in ecology and biology that was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry.
His most recent collection, The Polymers, was published in 2013 by House of Anansi. Dennis Lee called it “a landmark collection” and Prism International hailed it as “a fierce book of poetry. Inventive with language and form, it doesn’t shy away from a poetic experiment.” The Polymers was nominated for The Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Adam Dickinson currently teaches poetics at Brock University in St. Catharines.
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