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About Pearl Pirie

Like most of us, this pandemic and loss of family members over the past few years have made me feel the shortness of life more keenly.

4 books are out, and 2 more chapbooks come out this year. I have 2 main poetry collections underway as well as a novel and two more chapbooks to finish.I got Canada Council Funding for one of the poetry manuscripts.

One of my collection is haiku and the other an ecopoetics of flourishing in resiliency. It is also about processing my mother's death last year. I live with post-concussive syndrome so I have functional days, and non-functional days. It takes more cognitive load to write than it used to, but I am still able to produce and edit. It all just takes longer.

It would be encouraging to not be so dependant on my husband's income but contribute more to the household. Perhaps Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf has brought that even more keenly home. Universal Basic Income would be great but we haven't got it yet.

I have made poetry chapbooks since childhood and published poems since 1995. Since 2001 I have written poetry full time. I have had published 4 full poetry collections, 26 single-author chapbooks, a few collaborative ones, and a few broadsides.

I have made a poetry and poetics blog for 16 years, doing book and event summaries. I have rarely applied for funding but occasionally teach poetry courses.

For 11 years I have run a small press putting out over 4 dozen titles of 84 poets. I have an instagram poet where I combine photography and my previously published poems.
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