The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2018


ISBN: 9781988040448
Pub date: Fall 2018

The 2018 edition of Canada’s go-to yearly anthology, guest edited by Hoa Nguyen, ushers readers into the heart of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene. The Best Canadian Poetry Series annually features the fifty finest Canadian poems published in periodicals during the previous year. A must-read for anyone with a stake in contemporary Canadian literature, or with curiosity about poetry and its engagement with the world today.

View the names of the fifty 2018 poets at the Best Canadian Poetry site.

“Born of the electricity of thinking and reversing thoughts without fear, yet also born of the dread and wonder of contemporary existence, our current poetry represents a tattered, ragged, brilliant idea of the sublime.” —Molly Peacock, The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English

“An eclectic and diverse collection of Canadian poetry… a wonderful addition to anyone’s bookshelf.” —The Toronto Quarterly

“A collection as complex and satisfying as a symphony.” —Publishers Weekly

About the Editors

Guest Editor Hoa Nguyen was born in the Mekong Delta, raised in the Washington, DC area, and lives in Toronto. From Wave Books, her poetry collections include As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots, nominated for a 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize. She teaches poetics at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop.

Advisory Editor Amanda Jernigan is the author of three collections of poetry—Groundwork, All the Daylight Hours, and Years, Months, and Days—and of the chapbook The Temple. Her poems have appeared in journals in Canada and abroad, including Poetry, PN Review, the Walrus and the Nation; they have also been set to music, most recently by American composer Zachary Wadsworth. She is an essayist and editor as well as a poet, and has written for the stage.

Series Editor Anita Lahey is the author of The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture (Palimpsest Press, 2013) and of two Véhicule Press poetry collections: Out to Dry in Cape Breton (2006) and Spinning Side Kick (2011). The former was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Ottawa Book Award. Anita is also a journalist and a former editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, and posts on her blog, “Henrietta & Me.”