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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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Al Purdy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 82 (1918-2000)

Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

Alfred Wellington Purdy, (December 30, 1918 – April 21, 2000) was a 20th-century Canadian free verse poet. Purdy's writing career spanned fifty-six years. His works include thirty-nine books of ...more
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Alan Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 79 (1868-1947)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Edward Alan Sullivan (November 29, 1868 — August 6, 1947) was a Canadian poet and author of short stories. He is noted for his 1935 historical adventure novel The Great Divide, which depicts the ...more
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Alden Nowlan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 50 (1933-1983)

Birthplace: Stanley, Nova Scotia, Canada

Alden Albert Nowlan (; January 25, 1933 – June 27, 1983) was a Canadian poet, novelist, and playwright.
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Allison Hedge Coke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 60

Birthplace: Texas

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is an American poet and editor. Her debut book, Dog Road Woman, won the American Book Award and was the first finalist of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Diane DeCora ...more
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Anne Carson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 68

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Anne Carson (born June 21, 1950) is a Canadian poet, essayist, translator, and professor of Classics. Carson lived in Montreal for several years and taught at McGill University, the University ...more
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Anne Compton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 72

Birthplace: Prince Edward Island, Canada

Anne Compton (born 1947) is a Canadian poet, critic, and anthologist.
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Anne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 60

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Anne Michaels (born 15 April 1958) is a Canadian poet and novelist whose work has been translated and published in over 45 countries. Her books have garnered dozens of international awards ...more
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Anne Szumigalski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 77 (1922-1999)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Anne Szumigalski, SOM (b. 3 January 1922 in London, England, d. 22 April 1999) was a Canadian poet.
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Arthur John Arbuthnott S... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 76 (1874-1950)

Birthplace: Chatham, Ontario, Chatham-Kent, Canada

Arthur Stringer (February 26, 1874 – September 13, 1950) was a Canadian novelist, screenwriter, and poet who later moved to the United States. He published 45 works of fiction and 15 other ...more
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Bif Naked is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 47

Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Beth Torbert (born June 15, 1971) is an Indo-Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and motivational speaker best known by her stage name Bif Naked.

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Bliss Carman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 68 (1861-1929)

Birthplace: Fredericton, Canada

William Bliss Carman, (April 15, 1861 – June 8, 1929) 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 ...more
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Chandra Mayor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 46

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Chandra Mayor (born in 1973), is a Canadian poet and novelist whose writings, among other topics, dive into worlds of urban and alternative cultures. She resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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Charles Lillard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 53 (1944-1997)

Birthplace: Long Beach, California

Charles "Red" Lillard (February 26, 1944 – March 27, 1997) was an American-born poet and historian who spent much of his adult life in British Columbia and became a Canadian citizen in ...more
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Daniel Scott Tysdal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Daniel Scott Tysdal Age: 40

Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada

Daniel Scott Tysdal (born May 26, 1978) is a Canadian poet and film director whose work approaches the lyric mode with an experimental spirit. In June 2007, Tysdal received the ReLit Award for ...more
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Dave Clark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dave Clark is a Canadian musician from Etobicoke, Ontario.
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David Donnell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 79

Birthplace: St. Marys

David Donnell (born 13 October 1939) is a Canadian poet and writer. Born in St. Marys, Ontario, Donnell moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1958 before publishing his first book. Poems (1961), During ...more
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David Zieroth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 72

Birthplace: Neepawa, Canada

Dale Zieroth (born November 7, 1946 in Neepawa, Manitoba) 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 ...more
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Dennis Lee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 79

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Dennis Beynon Lee OC (born August 31, 1939) 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 ...more
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Dionne Brand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 66

Birthplace: Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

Dionne Brand (born 7 January 1953) is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian. She was Toronto's third Poet Laureate from September 2009 to November 2012. She was admitted to the ...more
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Don Coles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 91

Birthplace: Woodstock, Canada

Donald L. Coles (April 12, 1927 – November 29, 2017) was a Canadian poet and novelist. He won the 1993 Governor General's Award for English poetry for his collection Forests of the Medieval ...more
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Don Domanski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 68

Birthplace: Sydney, Canada

Don Rusu Domanski (born 1950) is a Canadian poet who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Domanski was born and raised on Cape Breton Island. Published and reviewed internationally, his work has been ...more
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Don Francks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 87

Birthplace: Burnaby, Canada

Donald Harvey Francks (28 February 1932 – 3 April 2016), also known as Iron Buffalo, was a Canadian actor, singer and musician.
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Don McKay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 76

Birthplace: Owen Sound, Canada

Don McKay, CM (born 1942) is a Canadian poet, editor, and educator.
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Douglas Gordon Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Age: 90

Birthplace: Bancroft, Canada

Douglas Gordon "D. G." Jones (January 1, 1929 – March 6, 2016) was a Canadian poet, translator and educator.Born in Bancroft, Ontario, Jones was educated at the private school of ...more
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Douglas LePan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 84 (1914-1998)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Douglas Valentine LePan, OC, FRSC (25 May 1914 – 27 November 1998) was a Canadian diplomat, poet, novelist and professor of literature. Born in Toronto, Ontario, LePan was educated at the ...more