Don McKay is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Long Sault (1975), Lependu (1978), and Apparatus (1997). He has twice won the Governor General’s for Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity(2000), and in June 2007 he won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip(2006).
In 1975 he began serving as editor and publisher with Brick Books. He taught creative writing and English literature at the University of Western Ontario and the University of New Brunswick for 27 years before resigning to write and edit poetry full time. From 1991 to 1996 he edited The Fiddlehead magazine, and he has also served as a faculty resource person at the Sage Hill Writing Experience and The Banff Centre for the Arts, where he currently holds the position of Associate Director, Poetry, Writing & Publishing. In 2008 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada “for his contributions to Canadian literature as a nature poet and mentor of many emerging writers from coast to coast.” Now publisher and editor emeritus with Brick Books, he lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.