John Barton


B.A (UVic), 1981

Areas of Research & Creative Activity



The editor of the acclaimed University of Victoria literary magazine The Malahat Review since 2004, John Barton first heard of The Malahat Review while studying poetry with the magazine’s co-founder, Robin Skelton, in the Department of Writing in the late 1970s. In the years since, he spent 13 years as co-editor of Ottawa-based Arc Poetry Magazine and two years as the editor of Vernissage: The Magazine of the National Gallery of Canada. John Barton has published eleven collections of poetry and six chapbooks, including A Poor Photographer (1981), West of Darkness (1987), Designs from the Interior (1994) Hypothesis (2001), Hymn (2009), Balletomane: The Program Notes of Lincoln Kirstein (2012), For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems (2012), and most recently Polari with Goose Lane Editions (2014). His work has won three Archibald Lampman Awards, a Patricia Hackett Prize, a CBC Literary Award, and a National Magazine Award.

Selected Publications

Polari: Poems, Published by Goose Lane Editions



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