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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)
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 ...more

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Alan Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 79 (1868-1947)
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 ...more

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Alden Nowlan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 50 (1933-1983)
Alden Albert Nowlan was a critically acclaimed 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
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 ...more

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Anne Carson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 68
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 ...more

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Anne Compton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 72
Anne Compton 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
Anne Michaels is a Canadian poet and novelist.

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Anne Szumigalski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 77 (1922-1999)
Anne Szumigalski, SOM was a Canadian poet.

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Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringe... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 76 (1874-1950)
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 ...more

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Bif Naked is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 47
Bif Naked is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actress and motivational speaker.

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

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Chandra Mayor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 46
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.

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Charles Lillard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 53 (1944-1997)
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 ...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
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, ...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
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 ...more

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David Zieroth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 72
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 ...more

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Dennis Lee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 79
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.

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Dionne Brand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 66
Dionne Brand is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian. She was Toronto's third Poet Laureate from September 2009 to November 2012.

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Don Coles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 91
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 ...more

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Don Domanski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 68
Don Rusu Domanski 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 translated ...more

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Don Francks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 87
Donald Harvey Francks or Iron Buffalo is a Canadian actor, vocalist and jazz musician.

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Don McKay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 76
Don McKay, CM is a Canadian poet, editor, and educator. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario and raised in Cornwall, McKay was educated at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Wales, ...more

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Douglas Gordon Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
age 90
Douglas Gordon Jones is a Canadian poet, translator and educator. Born in Bancroft, Ontario, Jones was educated at a private school in Quebec's Eastern Townships, at McGill University and at ...more

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Douglas LePan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
Dec. at 84 (1914-1998)
Douglas Valentine LePan, OC, FRSC was a Canadian diplomat, poet, novelist and professor of literature. Born in Toronto, Ontario, LePan was educated at the University of Toronto, at Harvard, and ...more