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2011 - Randall Maggs - writer bio

2011 - Randall MaggsRandall Maggs was born in Vancouver and grew up on the move in an Armed Forces family. For the last 34 years, however, he has lived on the west coast of Newfoundland where he recently retired from teaching Literature and Creative Writing at Memorial University’s Grenfell College.

His poetry has appeared in a 1994 collection, Timely Departures (Breakwater) and in numerous reviews and anthologies, including Poetry Ireland Review, Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada, and Stephen Brunt’s The Way It Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sport. A Coracle Fellowship winner in 2007, he co-edited However Blow the Winds and The Echoing Years, anthologies of poetry and song from Ireland, Newfoundland & Labrador and Canada. His most recent collection, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems (Brick) was launched in 2008 and included in the Globe and Mail’s “Top 100 Books” for that year. In 2009, Night Work won the Winterset Award and E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize, and in 2010, the Kobzar Literary Award.

As well, he has been a participant in the March Hare since its beginning 25 years ago and Artistic Director since 2002.

Also a craftsman in wood, he turned the ceremonial Black Rod and has had pieces exhibited in various national and international shows and exhibitions including Artisan ’78 and Wood, a 1999 collaboration of Irish and Newfoundland & Labrador artists.

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