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Ken Belford. Courtesy Caitlin Press.

Ken Belford (born 1945) is a Canadian poet.


Belford was born in DeBolt, Alberta, and grew up in East Vancouver, British Columbia (BC). 

In the 1960s he moved to Hazelton, BC, in traditional Gitxsan territory. For 35 years he guided non-consumptive world travelers in the pristine Damdochax Valley in the vicinity of the headwaters of the Nass River.

More recently, Belford moved to Prince George, BC, where he lives with his partner, artist and activist poet, Si Transken.

Belford has been active in Canadian poetry since the 1960s. He is also known for his prolific chapbook making, having thus far produced 22 [chapbooks.


  • Fireweed. Vancouver: Very Stone House, 1967.
  • The Post-Electric Caveman. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1971.
  • Sign Language. Repository / Gorse Press, 1979.
  • Holding Land. Prince George, BC: Gorse Press, 1988.
  • Four Realities: Poets of northern B.C. (by Ken Belford, Barry McKinnon, Barbara Munk, & George Stanley; edited by Don Precosky). Prince George, BC: Caitlin, 1992.
  • Pathways into the Mountains. Prince George, BC: Caitlin, 2000. ISBN 0-920576-84-2
  • Fragments (chapbook). Prince George, BC: offset house, 2003.
  • Sequences: Poetry (chapbook). Prince George, BC: offset house, 2003.
  • Transverse (chapbook). Prince George, BC: offset house, 2004.
  • Ecologue. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-55017-349-9
  • When Snakes Awaken. Nomados, Vancouver, 2006.
  • Seens (chapbook). Prince George, BC: Off-set House, [2008?]
  • Lan(d)guage: A sequence in poetics. Halfmoon Bay, BC: Caitlin, 2008. ISBN 978-1-894759-29-8
  • Decompositions. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2010. ISBN 978-0-88922-631-9
  • Internodes. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2013. ISBN 13 978-0889227927

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[1]

See alsoEdit

Ken Belford "Assholes"

Ken Belford "Assholes"


  1. Search results = au:Ken Belford, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 27, 2014.

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