Gary Barwin (b. 1964) is active as a writer, composer, and performer. His music and writing have been published and presented in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He is noted for exciting, humourous, and engaging performances. He has written numerous books and chapbooks of poetry and fiction. His writing and visual texts have appeared in over 200 magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies. He has given over 300 readings in Canada and the US. His work has been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His children’s book, The Racing Worm Brothers (Annick Press) was a Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” award winner), The Magic Mustache (Annick Press) was selected as one of the season’s best picture books by Macleans (1999). Grandpa’s Snowman (Annick Press) was published in September 2000. His most recent book is a young adult novel entitled Seeing Stars (Stoddart; 2001.) This book was shortlisted for two awards: The Canadian Crimewriters Association Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction (Juvenile) and the Canadian Library Association Book Award (Young Adult). It was also a Canadian Book Centre starred “Our Choice” award-winner.
His work has been performed by Arraymusic, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Bach-Elgar Choir, The Burdocks, Uh-Maybe, Ensemble Symposium, The Windtunnel Saxophone Quartet, and The Fires of Tonawanda. Recordings include These are the Clams I’m Breathing (sound poetry performances with Stuart Ross). His music & text piece, Martin’s Idea was chosen as a “Desert Island Pick” by Kalvos & Damian’s New Music Bazaar (WDGR Radio; http://kalvos.org). Recordings of some of his compositions and an interview with Barwin is available on their site.
Barwin received a PhD in Music Composition from SUNY at Buffalo. He graduated from York University with a BFA in Music and a BA in Creative Writing. He was the recipient of the 1998 Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the KM Hunter Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council.
Barwin currently teaches music at Hillfield-Strathallan College. He also teaches creative writing at McMaster University. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife, three children, his dog, and a fear of the family car.
KM Hunter Foundation Artist Award in Literature (1998)
Seeing Stars (Stoddart Kids, 2001)
Shortlisted: The Canadian Crimewriters Association Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction (Juvenile) 2002
Shortlisted: Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Award 2002
Canadian Book Centre Starred Our Choice
Related Websites or Blogs
2010. Porcupinity of the Stars. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2010. (Poetry)
2005. [with Derek Beaulieu] Frogments from the Frag Pool: Haiku After Basho. Toronto: Mercury Press.(Poetry)
2004. Dr. Weep and Other Strange Teeth: Stories. Toronto: Mercury Press. (Fiction)
2001. Seeing Stars. Toronto: Stoddart Kids. (Fiction)
2001. Raising Eyebrows. Toronto: Coach House Press. (Poetry)
2000. Grandpa’s Snowman. Toronto: Annick Press. (Children's)
1998. Big Red Baby. Toronto: Mercury Press. (Fiction)
1999. The Magic Mustache. Toronto: Annick Press. (Children's)
1998. Outside the Hat. Toronto: Coach House Press. (Poetry)
1995. Cruelty to Fabulous Animals. Goderich, Ont.: Moonstone Press. (Fiction)
1995. [with Stuart Ross] The Mud Game. Stratford, Ont.: Mercury Press. (Fiction)
1991. Martin’s Idea. Hamilton: Serif of Nottingham Press. (Fiction)
1991. Surplus Ballyhoo. Hamilton: Serif of Nottingham Press. (Poetry)
1991. “One night, I was playing with my tongue…”/I Have Something to Tell You [with Stuart Ross]. Hamilton: Serif of Nottingham Press. (Poetry)
1988. The Racing Worm Brothers. Toronto: Annick Press. (Children's)