Babstock began publishing his poems in journals and anthologies, winning gold at the 1997 Canadian National Magazine Awards.
Babstock worked as poetry faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
According to the 1999 edition, Babstock's debut poetry collection, Mean, is ``a stunning exploration of the threshold and divide between our primeval origins and the meanness of our everyday lives."
Babstock published a 2012 collection, Days into Flatspin, which has also come in for high critical praise.
He was the winner of a K.M. Hunter Award. His poems have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards, have been anthologized in Canada and the United States, and have been translated into Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, and Latvian.
His 2006 collection, Airstream Land Yacht, won the Trillium Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2007 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, and was nominated for the 2006 Governor General's Award for English language poetry.
- Mean. Toronto: Anansi, 1999.
- Airstream Land Yacht. Toronto: Anansi, 2006.
- Methodist Hatchet. Toronto: Anansi, 2011.
- Days into Flatspin. Toronto: Anansi, 2012.
- On Malice. Toronto: Coach House, 2014.
- The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology: Tenth anniversay collection (with introduction by Robert Hass). Toronto: Anansi, 2010.
- Audio / video
- Griffin Poetry Prize reading, including video clip
- Ken Babstock at YouTube
- author page at Lyrikline.org, with audio, text, and biography.
- Ken Babstock at Amazon.com
- Ken Babstock in the Canadian Encyclopedia
- Griffin Poetry Prize biography
- Interview with Ken Babstock, CV2.magazine, 2013
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