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John Nyman is a poet, critic, and scholar working in traditional verse as well as visual and conceptual forms. His newest chapbook, The Devil, was published with knife | fork | book in March 2020.

John’s first full-length collection of poetry, Players (Palimpsest Press, 2016), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the League of Canadian Poets. John is also a co-author of the &, poetry collective’s second chapbook, &, 2: this happened to one of us (Publication Studio Guelph, 2016), and the author of the manifesto chapbook Slogan, Substance, Dream: keywords for a responsible poetry (Anstruther Press, 2018), along with literary and arts criticism covering a wide range of mediums. Selections from John’s visual, conceptual, and erasure poetry projects are regularly featured on his Instagram,

John currently serves on the Editorial Committee for Peripheral Review, an online platform for visual arts reviews and criticism. In the past, he has been an Associate Editor of Hamilton Arts & Letters, the Senior Fiction Editor of Existere, and the Arts Editor of Excalibur. John holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from York University, an MA in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory from McMaster University, and a PhD in Theory and Criticism from Western University, where he wrote his dissertation on Jacques Derrida’s “writing under erasure” and erasure poetry. More information about John’s academic work can be found at


John can be reached by email at



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