Kirk Johnsonphoto: Catherine Surprenant


Kirk Johnson was born in Hantsport Nova Scotia. He began his career in theatre (Acadia, 1996) before moving to Montréal in the late 1990's to begin an MA in Creative Writing at Concordia University. Montréal became his adopted home, where he co-wrote a guide book about the city. He published his first collection of poems, Companion Pieces (Cumulus Press) in 1999. Johnson later released the chapbook, Rare Poems and Other Oddities (JKL Press). For Everyone at the Back is his second full collection of poetry. He now lives in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley with his wife, Catherine and daughters, Julia Dae, Luna and Fionah.

There Are No Voluntary
Revelations Here

" My grandmother
wet gypsum
crumbling under
my grandfather’s rain.

from For Everyone At The Back

for everyone at the back

companion pieces

Montreal Up Close

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Poetry :

For Everyone At The Back info

  • [Montréal : Cumulus Press] 2004

Rare Poems and Other Oddities (chapbook)

  • [Canning, N.S. : jkl press] 2002

Companion Pieces info

  • [Montréal : Cumulus Press] 1999

Nonfiction :

Montréal vue de près: Voûtes, frontons, façades et gargouilles (translation of Montreal Up Close)

Montreal Up Close: a pedestrian's guide to the city info
by Kirk Johnson and David Widgington

  • [Montréal : Cumulus Press] 1998

1998-2008 - cumulus press - hosted by koumbit