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Famous Poets from Canada

List of notable or famous poets from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Canada and even some popular poets who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Canada is included when available.

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This historic poets from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Canada?" These prominent poets of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian poets.

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    Alfred Wellington Purdy, OC OOnt was a 20th-century Canadian free verse poet. Purdy's writing career spanned fifty-six years. His works include thirty-nine books of poetry; a novel; two volumes of memoirs and four books of correspondence, in addition to his posthumous works. He has been called the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 82 (1918-2000)
    • Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
    • Profession: Poet
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    Edward Alan Sullivan was a Canadian poet and author of short stories. He is noted for his 1935 historical adventure novel The Great Divide, which depicts the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 79 (1868-1947)
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Author
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    Alden Albert Nowlan was a critically acclaimed Canadian poet, novelist, and playwright. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 50 (1933-1983)
    • Birthplace: Stanley, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Playwright
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    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke was primarily raised in North Carolina with some time on the Great Plains & Canada. Her debut book, Dog Road Woman, won the American Book Award and was the first finalist of the Paterson Poetry Prize & Diane DeCora Award since then, she has written five more award winning books ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist, translator and professor of Classics. Carson lived in Montreal for several years and taught at McGill University, the University of Michigan, and at Princeton University from 1980-1987. She was a 1998 Guggenheim Fellow. and in 2000 she was awarded a MacArthur ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Classicist, Poet, Professor, Writer
    • Credits: The Interview
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    Anne Compton is a Canadian poet, critic, and anthologist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Prince Edward Island, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Critic
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    Anne Michaels is a Canadian poet and novelist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Fugitive Pieces
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    Anne Szumigalski, SOM was a Canadian poet. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1922-1999)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Arthur Stringer was a Canadian novelist, screenwriter, and poet who later moved to the United States. He published 45 works of fiction and 15 other books, in addition to writing numerous filmscripts and articles. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 76 (1874-1950)
    • Birthplace: Chatham, Ontario, Chatham-Kent, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer
    • Credits: The Lady Fights Back, Unseeing Eyes, The Story Without a Name, Half a Bride
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    Bif Naked is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actress and motivational speaker. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: New Delhi, India
    • Profession: Poet, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Cartoonist, Actor + 2 more
    • Credits: Is It Fall Yet?, Crossing, We All Fall Down
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    Bliss Carman FRSC was a Canadian poet who lived most of his life in the United States, where he achieved international fame. He was acclaimed as Canada's poet laureate during his later years. In Canada Carman is classed as one of the Confederation Poets, a group which also included Charles G.D. Roberts, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 68 (1861-1929)
    • Birthplace: Fredericton, Canada
    • Profession: Poet
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    Chandra Mayor, is a Canadian poet and novelist whose writings, among other topics, dive into worlds of urban and alternative cultures. She resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist
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    Charles "Red" Lillard was a poet and historian specializing in British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. He was born in Long Beach, California and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. He died in Victoria, British Columbia. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 53 (1944-1997)
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Historian
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    Daniel Scott Tysdal is a Canadian poet whose work approaches the lyric mode with an experimental spirit. In June 2007, Tysdal received the ReLit Award for Poetry. Tysdal was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and was raised on a farm. He received a B.A. from the University of Regina in 2003, an M.A. from ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada
    • Profession: Poet
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    Dave Clark is a Canadian musician from Etobicoke, Ontario. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Record producer, Poet, Musician, Composer
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    David Donnell a Canadian poet and writer, Donnell moved to Toronto in 1958 before publishing his first book. Poems, During this period Donnell frequented the Bohemian Embassy, where Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Milton Acorn, and other poets established their reputations. In conjunction with John ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: St. Marys
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Dale Zieroth is a Canadian poet. He won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1999 for How I Joined Humanity at Last, and the Governor General's Award for English language poetry in 2009 for The Fly in Autumn. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Neepawa, Canada
    • Profession: Poet
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    Dennis Beynon Lee, OC, MA is a Canadian poet, teacher, editor, and critic born in Toronto, Ontario. He is also a children's writer, well known for his book of children's rhymes, Alligator Pie. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Editor, Poet, Essayist, Critic, Teacher
    • Credits: Labyrinth, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
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    Dionne Brand is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian. She was Toronto's third Poet Laureate from September 2009 to November 2012. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer
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    Donald L. Coles, also known as Don Coles, is a Canadian poet and a novelist. Coles won the 1993 Governor General's Award for English poetry for his collection Forests of the Medieval World and the Trillium Book Award in 2000 for his collection Kurgan. Don Coles was born on April 12, 1927, in Woodstock, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 88
    • Birthplace: Woodstock, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist
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