Brian Henderson, Toronto, June 2009

Brian Henderson in 2009. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Brian Henderson (born 1948) is a Canadian poet.


Henderson was born in Kitchener, Ontario. He has a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature from York University.[1]

Henderson has worked as a university instructor, a phone jack installer, a traffic counter, a shipper/receiver, and a rock drummer.

He worked as director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press.[2]

He is the author of 10 collections of poetry and a deck of visual poem-cards. His work has been published in many small magazines. In the 1970s Henderson was a founding editor of RUNE.

His poetry and literary criticism has appeared in Arc, Antigonish Review, Canadian Forum, Canadian Literature, CVII, Descant, ECW, The Fiddlehead, Prism, Quarry, Rampike, Rune (of which he was a founding editor for its decade of existence), Scrivener and Writ since 1974.[1]

He lives in Grey Highlands, Ontario, with his wife, Charlene (Winger).[2] He has 2 children from a previous relationship.[1]


His poetry collection Nerve Language (2007) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for English language poetry.[3]



  • The Expanding Room. Coatsworth, ON: Black Moss Press, 1977.
  • Paracelsus: A poem in 40 parts, with a prologue. Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1977.
  • The Veridical Book of the Silent Planet. Toronto: Aya Press, 1978.
  • Migration of Light. Toronto: General Publishing, 1983.
  • The Alphamiricon. Toronto: Underwhich Editions, 1987.
  • Smoking Mirror. Toronto: ECW Press, 1990.
  • Year Zero. London, ON: Brick Books, 1995.
  • Light in Dark Objects. Victoria, BC: Ekstasis Editions, 2000.
  • Nerve Language (edited by Don McKay). Toronto: Pedlar Press, 2007.
  • Sharawadji. London, ON: Brick Books, 2011.[4]
  • [Or]. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2014.[4]
Brian Henderson reads from Sharawadji (Brick Books)

Brian Henderson reads from Sharawadji (Brick Books)

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the University of Toronto.[5].

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Brian Henderson: Biography, Canadian Poetry Online, University of Toronto. Web, Apr. 12, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 About Me, Brian Henderson. Web, Apr. 12, 2017.
  3. Brian Henderson, Brick Books. Web, Apr. 12, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Search results = au:Brian Henderson 1948, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 19, 2014.
  5. Brian Henderson: Publications, Canadian Poetry Online, University of Toronto Libraries,, Web, July 12, 2012.

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