Steve McOrmond was born in Nova Scotia and grew up on Prince Edward Island. His poems have appeared in literary magazines including The Malahat Review, Grain and Geist and online at Maisonneuve, nthposition (UK) and Jacket (Australia). His work is also included in the anthology Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets (Nightwood 2004). His first book of poetry, Lean Days, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. Primer on the Hereafter, his second collection, received the 2007 Atlantic Poetry Prize. These poems were recorded live at Thin Air, the Winnipeg International Authors Festival on September 23, 2006. The author wishes to thank the festival for permission to share an excerpt from this recording here. Steve McOrmond lives in Toronto.
“Steve McOrmond’s Primer on the Hereafter is full of memorable lines and images, wonderfully crafted and moving....“Clear-cut, as seen from above” is as beautiful a poem on an environmental theme as anyone has written, and “Finch Station” is a fine meditation on urban life.”
— Winnipeg Free Press