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Allison Grayhurst


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Allison Grayhurst is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets. Four of her poems were nominated for “Best of the Net” in 2015/2018, and one eight-part story-poem was nominated for “Best of the Net” in 2017. She has over 1300 poems published in more than 500 international literary magazines, journals and anthologies in Canada, United States, England, India, Ireland, China, Scotland, Wales, Bangladesh, Romania, Austria, New Zealand, Colombia and Australia.

In 2018, her book Sight at Zero, was listed #34 on CBC’s “Your Ultimate Canadian Poetry List”.

Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers in 1995. Since then she has published fifteen other books of poetry and five collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing.

Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling she had a poetry book published, Common Dream (1991), and four chapbooks, (Before the Dawn, Joshua’s Shoulder, Perfect Love, and Jumana), published by The Plowman, all in 1989.

Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press in 2012. In 2014 her chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series.

In 2015, her book No Raft – No Ocean was published by Scars Publications. More recently, her book Make the Wind was published in 2016 by Scars Publications. As well, her book Trial and Witness – selected poems, was published 2016 by Creative Talents Unleashed (CTU Publishing Group).

More recently, her book Tadpoles Find the Sun was published by Cyberwit, August 2020.

Collaborating with Allison Grayhurst on the lyrics, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/musician Diane Barbarash transformed eight of Allison Grayhurst’s poems into songs, creating a full album. River – Songs from the poetry of Allison Grayhurst was released October 2017.

Allison Grayhurst’s completed published work to date is available to read in six volumes titled The Poetry of Allison Grayhurst – completed works from 1988 to 2017, all published in 2017 by Edge Unlimited Publishing. Selected poems from this body of work is published in Sight at Zero (selected poems 1988 to 2017), Edge Unlimited Publishing, 2017.

Allison Grayhurst also sculpts, working with clay and casting into concrete. Her sculpting body of work can be found in the published book The Sculptures of Allison Grayhurst, Edge Unlimited Publishing, 2017.

She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband Kyp Harness, their two children and animals. She is a vegan for the animals.


Books and other publications
Allison Grayhurst has had more than 1200 poems published in over 475 magazines/journals/anthologies throughout Canada, United States, England, India, Ireland, China, Scotland, Wales, Austria, Romania, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Colombia and Australia.
Some of places her work has appeared in include Parabola (Alone & Together print issue summer 2012); SUFI Journal (Featured Poet in Issue #95 Sacred Space); Elephant Journal; Literary Orphans; Blue Fifth Review; The American Aesthetic; Drunk Monkeys; Agave Magazine; JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, South Florida Arts Journal; Gris-Gris; New Binary Press Anthology; The Brooklyn Voice; Straylight Literary Magazine; The Milo Review; Foliate Oak Literary Magazine; Existere; The Antigonish Review; Dalhousie Review; Chicago Record Magazine;The New Quarterly; Wascana Review; Poetry Nottingham International; The Cape Rock; Ayris; Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry; The Toronto Quarterly; Fogged Clarity, Boston Poetry Magazine; Decanto; White Wall Review.  

She has 21 published books of poetry, six collections and six chapbooks.
Awards and other achievements
Nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2018 – The Bees Are Dead, published June 2018 - one poem nominated

Nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2017 – Synchronized Chaos, August 2017 issue - one long poem/storey nominated

Nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015 – Indiana Voice Journal, May 2015 issue - one poem nominated

Nominated Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015 – Juxtaprose Literary Magazine, April 2015 – two poems nominated

Won ‘Bewildering Stories' "The 2011 Mariner Award for Short Poetry"
  • Print poetry
  • Long poems
  • Prose poetry


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