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John Nyman writes and performs poetries ranging from traditional verse to visual and conceptual forms, as well as short fiction, reviews, and critical essays on literature and the arts. Originally from North York and currently living in Toronto, John has served as Associate Editor of Hamilton Arts & Letters, Senior Fiction Editor of Existere, and Arts Editor of Excalibur, and has written and workshopped with the Guelph-based &, experimental poetry collective. 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.

John’s first full-length collection of poetry, Players, was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. John has been published in a variety of Canadian and international print and online journals, magazines, and anthologies (many of which are listed on the CV / Publications page) and has performed at numerous reading series in Southern Ontario and elsewhere. John also designs innovative chapbooks, artist’s books, and digital editions featuring visual and conceptual poetry; selections from these are featured regularly on Instagram.


Bio at Palimpsest Press

More information about John’s academic work can be found at


John can be reached by email at



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