Anne Compton

BA (UPEI), MA (York), PhD (UNB)

Retiring in 2012 to write full-time, Anne Compton was Lorenzo Writer-in-Residence at UNB Saint John. In this capacity, she worked with writers on the campus and in the community, ran workshops, and was the director of three series---The Lorenzo Reading Series; Backtalk: lectures, on-stage interviews, panel discussions; and The Cormorant Noontime Series.

Compton is the author of Processional--winner of the Governor-General's Award for Poetry (2005) and The Atlantic Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Prize; Opening the Island--winner of The Atlantic Poetry Prize (2003), shortlisted for The John and Margaret Savage First Book Award; and asking questions indoors and out (2009) – shortlisted for The Atlantic Poetry Prize. Compton is the author as well of the scholarly works, A.J.M. Smith: Canadian Metaphysical (1994) and Meetings with Maritime Poets: Interviews (2006), and numerous scholarly articles. She is the Co-editor of Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada (2002) and the editor of The Edge of Home: Milton Acorn from the Island (2002). Compton's most recent poetry collection, Alongside, was published in 2013.

In 2008, she won The Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts and a National Magazine Award in Poetry. At UNB Saint John, she won the Excellence in Teaching Award for the Department of Humanities and Languages (2008) and the Excellence in Teaching Award for the Faculty of Arts (2008). In 2012, she was the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.