John Barton was born in Edmonton in 1957 and raised in Calgary. He was educated at the universities of Alberta, Calgary, Victoria, and Western Ontario as well as Columbia University in New York, studying poetry with Gary Geddes, Eli Mandel, Robin Skelton and Joseph Brodsky. His poetry has been published in Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and has won the Patricia Hackett Poetry Prize, three Archibald Lampman Awards for Poetry, an Ottawa Book Award, and Second Prize in the 2003 CBC Literary Awards. John worked as a librarian and editor for five national museums in Ottawa from 1985 to 2003, where he also co-edited Arc for thirteen years. He currently lives in Victoria, where he is the editor of The Malahat Review.
Festivals: 1997, 2000, 2007 (spring), 2009 (fall)