Steve McOrmond


Author of Reckon, The Good News about Armageddon, Primer on the Hereafter and Lean Days.


Steve McOrmond

Steve McOrmond’s new poem, ‘Pure Outrage,’ is really funny and, if you read it right, kind of scary.
— Patton Oswalt
I like Steve McOrmond’s pacing. His work reminds me of some of the more serious sides of Actualism or of the uptown side of the NY School’s later generations.
— Ron Silliman
Steve McOrmond writes with precision and rich, rich language, about gizmos and lobsters and—with compassion—about the tininess of our lives in this big universe. His poems please and surprise, and you can bet there’s not enough of that around.
— Stuart Ross

Steve McOrmond is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Reckon (Brick Books 2018) and The Good News about Armageddon (Brick Books 2010). He was the 2018 recipient of the P. K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry for his poem "Proof of Life.” His second collection, Primer on the Hereafter (Wolsak and Wynn 2006), was awarded the Atlantic Poetry Prize. His debut collection, Lean Days (Wolsak and Wynn 2004), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, which recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian. His work has been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2016, Translating Horses: The Line, The Thread, The Underside, I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems, Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets and Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land. A native of Prince Edward Island, he has called Toronto home since 1997.


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