BioOctober 3, 2005
George Murray’s four books of poetry include The Rush to Here (Nightwood, 2007), The Hunter (McClelland & Stewart, 2003), and The Cottage Builder’s Letter (M&S, 2001). He has been widely anthologized and has published poems and fiction in journals and magazines such as Alphabet City, Antigonish Review, B&A, Capilano Review, Contemporary Verse, Descant, dig, Fiddlehead, Globe and Mail, Grain, Iowa Review, Jacket, LRC, Mid-American Review, Nerve, New American Writing, New Quarterly, New Welsh Reveiw, nthposition, Ontario Review, Orlando Sentinel, Painted Bride, Pequod, Prairie Fire, Prism International, Radical Society, Rampike, Slope, and others in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Germany. George is also a regular reviewer for several publications, including the Globe and Mail. He is former Poetry Editor for the Literary Review of Canada and is a contributing editor for several journals and magazines. After a long tenure as Associate Editor for Maisonneuve Magazine he has recently stepped back to Contributing Editor in an effort to get more creative work done. He won the 2003 New York Festivals Radio and Television Award for Best Writing for his poem “Anniversary: A Personal Inventory” (commissioned by CBC Radio) and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2003). In 2006 he won a Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative Poetry from the PIP project at Green Integer Press. He has also won awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. His first play for children, The Swan Chronicles, was produced in Manhattan by Locomotion Dance Theatre in 2003, and he currently sits on the Board for One Little Goat Theatre Company (NYC/Toronto). He has been on the part time poetry faculty at New School University in New York City and formerly taught at Humber College in Toronto. Currently, George Murray is the editor of Bookninja.com and is working on a book of new poems (coming in spring 2007) and some translations.