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.

This list contains people like Leonard Cohen and Bif Naked.

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
    Dec. at 81 (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
  • Alan Sullivan
    Dec. at 78 (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
  • Alden Nowlan
    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.
    • 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 Award. ...more
    • 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 of ...more
    • Birthplace: Prince Edward Island, Canada
    Anne Compton (born 1947) is a Canadian poet, critic, and anthologist.