Ken babstock

Ken Babstock. Photo by Pieter van der Meer / Tineke de Lange. Courtesy Poetry International.

Ken Babstock (born January 19, 1970) is a Canadian poet, teacher, and editor.[1]


Babstock was born in Burin, Newfoundland, and raised in Pembroke, in the Ottawa valley of Ontario.[1]

Babstock discovered poetry in his teens, growing up in Pembroke.[2][3]

He attended Concordia University in Montreal, but dropped out, and spent the next dozen years working as a manual labourer.[1]

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.

He lives in Toronto, where he is poetry editor for Toronto-based book publisher House of Anansi.

Writing Edit

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.[4]


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.[4]

Babstock's debut collection, Mean (999), won both the Milton Acorn Award and the 2000 Atlantic Poetry Prize.[1]

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.[1]

His 4th collection, Methodist Hatchet (2012), won the 2012 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize.[1]



  • 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.
Poet Ken Babstock reads from Airstream Land Yacht

Poet Ken Babstock reads from Airstream Land Yacht

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

See alsoEdit



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ken Babstock, Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Canada. Web, Web, Dec. 21, 2013.
  2. House of Anansi Press : authors
  3. Eye Weekly
  4. 4.0 4.1 WordFest 2008
  5. Search results = au:Ken Babstock, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Aug. 23, 2015.

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