Raised in the Ontario communities of Bancroft, Sioux Lookout and Stayner, Chris Banks took his BA at the University of Guelph, a Master’s in Creative Writing at Concordia and an education degree at Western. His first book, Bonfires, received the 2004 Jack Chalmers Award for Poetry and was also shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. A fine-print limited edition chapbook of his poems Sparrows And Arrows was published by Bibiloasis in the spring of 2006, and his second full book, The Cold Panes of Surfaces, was published in the Fall of that year. Banks lives in Waterloo.
“Banks piles image upon image, creating a landscape where ‘everything dissasembles itself / into some new clarity’… [In the book’s travel poems] what Banks does with sweet, subtle efficacy is lead through the reader through his own scattered thoughts, so that while we’re exposed to his disorientation, we know exactly where we are.”
—John Lofranco, Books In Canada