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Ledi, a book-length poem about an Iron-Age horsewoman whose grave was discovered in the Siberian steppes, appeared with Book*hug in October 2018. It has been longlisted for the 2019 Raymond Souster award. My first collection, Karyotype, was published by Brick Books  in 2015.

Here’s a list of my poems, interviews, and essays about poetry published in literary journals over the last few years:


“Paper Birch.” Longlisted for the Fiddlehead’s 28th annual poetry contest. Spring 2019.

“Room B” and “Wallflower.” Forthcoming, 2019. CV2. Volume 41.4

“Ora.” The Antigonish Review. 2018, Issue 195. Winner of the 2018 Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest.

“60.” From Bluegrass: ghazalsLiterary Review of Canada. 2018.

“Wildfire” and “North Road.” Arc Poetry Magazine. Issue 86. Summer 2018.

“Little Mountain,” “Over wine and whiskey we watch the naan rise,” & “Lucie, we are always giving up poetry.” The Antigonish Review. Issue 194. 2018.

“The Fox” and “Manna.” The Malahat Review.  Spring 2018. Issue 202.

“Review of Dean Steadman’s Après Satie—For Two and Four Hands.” Arc Poetry Magazine, Winter 2018.

“from Bluegrass Ghazals: 57, 27, 31.” Qwerty. 36. 2018.

“Ghazals (30, 49, 52, 9, 32).”  CV2. January 2018.

“Bluegrass.” The Fiddlehead. Spring 2017. Honourable Mention, 26th Annual Contest.

“Winter ghazals” and “Peredelkino 1956-1960.” The Antigonish Review. 188. Winter 2017.

“In Conversation with Kim Trainor.” Interview by Doyali Islam. CWILA: Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. 11 January 2017.

“You tell me in the summer the light” and “The geometry of conscience.” The Fiddlehead. No.270 Winter 2017.

“Words Lodged in Muscle and Bone:  Lee Maracle’s Talking to the Diaspora.” Arc Poetry Magazine, January 2017.

“glass, clay, Lascaux” and “Notes on the Atacama humanoid.” Grain. 43.3. Spring 2016.

“Poetry in the Courtroom.” Review of Sue Goyette’s The Brief Reincarnation of a GirlArc Poetry Magazine 80. 2016.

On Vigilance and Lyric Adequacy: Sara Cassidy in Conversation with Kim TrainorMalahat Lite. March 2016.

Kim Trainor interview by Maureen Hynes. Toronto, February 9, 2016.

Review of Jesse Patrick Ferguson’s Mr. Sapiens. Arc Poetry Magazine. Fall 2015.

“10 or 20 (second series) questions with Kim Trainor.” rob mclennan’s blog. 26 November 2015.

The Dirty Dozen Interview, with Kim Trainor.” 13 October 2015. Open Book Toronto.

“How Poems Work: Pat Lowther’s ‘Hotline to the Gulf.'” Arc Poetry Magazine. Issue 77. Summer 2015.

“Field Notes: Arras 1917.” The Antigonish Review. Issue 181. Spring 2015.

“Kim Trainor presents Pat Lowther.” Part of Brick Books 40 Year Anniversary “Celebration of Canadian Poetry.” 6 April 2015.

“Twentieth Century Genre” and “The semantic fields of glass and other transparent materials in the poetry of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński.” 37.2. Fall 2014. CV2.

“Nothing is Lost” (excerpt). The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014. Tightrope Books.

“Two Days in Spring” and “Bicycle Arpeggios.” Montreal International Poetry Prize Longlist e-Anthology and in Global Poetry Anthology 2013, Signal Editions.

“Like a Coat or a Bicycle or a Lens: Stefan Krecsy in Conversation with Kim Trainor.” The Malahat Review. March 2013. (Long Poem Prize interview).

“Nothing is Lost.” The Malahat Review. 183. Summer 2013.

“‘Not Gorgythion, struck by an arrow.'” The Dalhousie Review. 92.3. Autumn 2013.

“That which is woven.” Grain. 40.3 Spring 2013.

“Cradle Song: Six Variations.” The Fiddlehead. 255. Spring 2013.

“Karyotype VII & XIX.” Qwerty. 29. Spring 2013.

“Russian Notebook: Moscow 1918-1920.” The Antigonish Review. 172. Winter 2013.

“Poem from a burnt notebook.” Existere. 32.1. Fall/Winter 2012.

“Tokharian Love Song” and “The Beauty of Loulan.” The Antigonish Review. 170. Summer 2012.

“Russian Notebook: Voronezh 1935-1937,” “Ash,” and “‘In the long hours of darkness, Baghdad shakes to the constant low rumble of B-52s.’” Prairie Fire. 33.2. Summer 2012.

Selections from “In winter the early mornings”. (“They must have been in place by that winter”, “The Voice of America relay station at Udon Thani,” “New Year’s Eve 2002. A recurring sensation of being alone”). Contemporary Verse 2. 34.4. Spring 2012.

“On the ordering of chaotic bodies of poetry,” “How to make a human karyotype,” “Oxyrinchus,” “Karyotype IV, V, VI, XI, XIII, XIV, & XXIII”, with Introductory Note. Grain. 38.4. Summer 2011.

“In this Element” and “Poem for Finn.” The Fiddlehead. 247. Spring 2011.

“Karyotype XVI – XVIII.” Event. 40.1. Spring/Summer 2011.

“Karyotype I – III”. Contemporary Verse 2. 33.4. Spring 2011.

“Guyasdoms D’Sonoqua” and “Vanquished”. The Dalhousie Review. 90.2. 2010.

“Vosnosensky’s Isopod,” “Clamshell Wind Chime,” “Malaspina Galleries”. The Antigonish Review. 41.162. Summer 2010.

“Littoral.” The Fiddlehead. 243. Spring 2010.

  Awards & Grants

Ledi (Book*hug, 2018). Longlisted for the 2019 Raymond Souster award.

“Paper Birch.” Longlisted for the Fiddlehead’s 28th annual poetry contest. Spring 2019.

“Sweetgum (7 readings of the I Ching). Longlist. CBC Poetry Prize 2018.

“Ora.” Winner of the 2018 Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest. The Antigonish Review.

“Bluegrass.” Honourable Mention, 26th Annual Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem. (And “Claro” — shortlist).

Canada Council for the Arts. Creative Writing Grant for Emerging Writers, 2016/17.

Banff Writing Studio, 2016

“Winter ghazals,” “Glass, clay, Lascaux,” & “You tell me in the summer the light.” Longlist, 2015 CBC Poetry Prize.

“Peredelkino 1956 – 1960.” Longlist, 2014 CBC Poetry Prize.

“Two Days in Spring” and “Bicycle Arpeggios.” Shortlist, Montreal International Poetry Prize 2013.

“In Baghdad it is night.” Longlist, 2013 CBC Poetry Prize.

“Nothing is Lost.” Co-Winner, 2013 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize.

“Nothing is Lost” and “When they come to that country swept with light.” Finalists, 2013 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize.

“Cradle Song: Six Variations.” Winner, 22nd Annual Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem. 2013.

Canada Council for the Arts. Creative Writing Grant for Emerging Writers, 2013/14.

“Russian Notebook: Moscow 1918-1920.” Second Prize, The Antigonish Review‘s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest 2012.

“On the gravity of light (ten exposures in the manner of Francesca Woodman).” Longlist, 2012 CBC Poetry Prize.

“The First Word.” Honorable Mention. Room Poetry Contest 2010.

“Littoral.” Honorable Mention. The Fiddlehead‘s 19th Annual Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize 2010.


Poetry Mini Interviews: Very Short Interviews with Poets. Thomas Whyte. March/April 2019. Begin here.

Radio Interview on COOP Radio, Vancouver. First aired 18 October 2018.

The Lucky Seven Interview at Open Book. 5 November 2018.

The Excavation of Memory: In Conversation with Kim Trainor. Book*hug blog interview with Mary Ann Mathias, 10 October 2018.

Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2018 Poetry Preview. 49th Shelf.

Review of Karyotype by Deborah C. Bowen. Journal of Canadian Poetry– The Poetry Review: Volume Thirty-One For the Year 2015. 

Review of Karyotype in Canadian Literature by Nicholas Bradley. “Supreme Fictions and Strange Relations.” 232. Spring 2017.pp.179-184.

Review of Karyotype: “Tenderly Urgent: Kim Trainor’s Karyotype.” Review by Barbara Myers, ARC Poetry Magazine. 9 October 2016.

Readings from Karyotype. audioBoom. Recorded in Toronto, 10 February 2016.

Blogpost on All Lit Up, 12 January 2016: “Beautiful Books: Kim Trainor’s Karyotype.”

Review of Karyotype:  “Two poets not afraid to say the necessary things.” George Elliott Clarke. 8 November 2015 in Herald Arts & Life.


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§ 8 Responses to Poetry

  • edgarrider says:

    Impressive literary resume. Do you have a favorite magazine you have written for. I have also appeared in Existere it is a great literary journal.
    I just wanted to say I like your resume format very professional.

    • kim trainor says:

      Thanks so much! I like Existere too. I’m especially fond of The Fiddlehead–they published my first ever poem–but I love all the little magazines.

  • I first read your poetry in this past Spring’s Fiddlehead because I shared space in that issue with you. And now I see your name everywhere–the Malahat Award, longlisted for the CBC Prize this fall, etc. Anyhow, I looked you up because I was hoping to find a published collection from you. I hope to see that in the near future. Until then, I will continue to check the literary journals for your name. Your work has rekindled my interest in reading poetry. Thank you.

    • kim trainor says:

      Thanks Jennifer — it’s so kind of you to say. I do have a manuscript, called “Karyotype,” which is with a publisher right now, but don’t know yet if it will be accepted. I enjoyed your story too in the Fiddlehead.

  • jennifer z says:

    I meant you help me get stuff done in a pragmatic, pro-active way. Much as SP did for TH.

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