Adèle Barclay (she/they) has published poetry and non-fiction in The Fiddlehead, The Heavy Feather Review, The Pinch, Fog Machine, The Puritan, PRISM international, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 Walrus Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Their debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, (Nightwood, 2016) was nominated for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her second collection of poetry, Renaissance Normcore (Nightwood, 2019), featured in Toronto Star and CBC Books, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the ReLit Award and placed third for the 2020 Fred Cogswell Award

They were the Interviews Editor at The Rusty Toque, the 2017 Critic-in-Residence for Canadian Women In Literary Arts, Arc Magazine‘s 2018-19 Poet in Residence, and the 2020 University of the Fraser Valley’s Writer in Residence. She is an editor at Rahila’s Ghost Press and teaches literature and writing at Capilano University. They live on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations also known as Vancouver, BC.

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  1. I just read your poems in Prism. They are wonderful. I am completely immersed in your perspective. Thank you. Your chouse of language paints an incredibly vivid picture of how you move through the world. I can’t wait to read more.



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