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Anita Lahey

Anita Lahey

Anita Lahey’s latest book is The Last Goldfish: a True Tale of Friendship (Biblioasis, 2020). A poet, journalist, essayist and the series editor of Biblioasis’ annual anthology, Best Canadian Poetry in English, she’s also the author of The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture (Palimpsest Press, 2013) and two Véhicule Press poetry collections: Spinning Side Kick and Out to Dry in Cape Breton . The latter was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Ottawa Book Award. Anita’s magazine journalism has received several National Magazine Award honourable mentions. Anita grew up in Burlington, Ontario; has lived in Toronto, Montreal, Fredericton and Victoria; and has close family ties to Cape Breton Island. She now lives in Ottawa, on unceded Alongonquin, Anishinabek territory, with her family.

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