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Carmine Starnino


In just over a decade’s time, poet and critic, Carmine Starnino, has established himself as one of the most influential under-forty writers in Quebec’s anglo-literature scene. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve Magazine, the Signal Editions’ editor for Véhicule Press, and the non-fiction editor for Porcupine’s Quill Press. His work has won many awards, including a nomination for the 2009 Governor General’s Award and the Quebec Writers' Federation A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry in 2009 for his latest poetry collection, This Way Out. Debuting in 1997 with a volume of poetry entitled The New World, he garnered a Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book. Credo (2001) won the Canadian Authors’ Association Prize for Poetry, while With English Subtitles (2004) took the Quebec Writers’ Federation A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Starnino’s non-fiction belies an expert sense of contemporary poetics. Among his most significant critical contributions are A Lover’s Quarrel (2004), A New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry (2005), and The Best Canadian Essays of 2009. (DN)