Allison Grayhurst

Poet

Author's Bio

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 1250 poems published in more than 485 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). 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. ; www.allisongrayhurst.com

Publications & Prizes

Books:
If I Knew This Haunting (CreateSpace USA, 2019)
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Snapshots (excerpts of poems on images) (CreateSpace, 2019)
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Animal Culture (rules of commitment) (CreateSpace USA, 2018)
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The Sculptures of Allison Grayhurst (CreateSpace USA, 2018)
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Sight at Zero - selected poems (1988 to 2017) (CreateSpace USA, 2017)
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The Fault of Sages (CreateSpace USA, 2017)
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The Poetry of Allison Grayhurst - Collections from 1988 to 2017 (Volume 6) (CreateSpace USA, 2017)
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The Poetry of Allison Grayhurst - completed works from 1988 to 2017 (Volume 1 of 5) (CreateSpace USA, 2017)
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The Poetry of Allison Grayhurst - completed works from 1988 to 2017 (Volume 2 of 5) (CreateSpace USA, 2017)
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The Poetry of Allison Grayhurst - completed works from 1988 to 2017 (Volume 3 of 5) (CreateSpace USA, 2017)
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The Poetry of Allison Grayhurst - completed works from 1988 to 2017 (Volume 4 of 5) (CreateSpace USA, 2017)
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The Poetry of Allison Grayhurst - completed works from 1988 to 2017 (Volume 5 of 5) (CreateSpace USA, 2017)
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Currents - pastlife poems (CreateSpace USA, 2016)
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Fire and more, (CreateSpace USA, 2016)
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Make the Wind (Scars Publications, 2016)
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Trial and Witness: selected poems (Creative Talents Unleashed , 2016)
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No Raft - No Ocean (Scars Publications, 2015)
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Our Children Are Orchards: - collected poems about animals, children and pregancy (CreateSpace USA, 2015)
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As My Blindness Burns - three long poems (CreateSpace USA, 2014)
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Walkways (CreateSpace USA, 2014)
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For Every Rain - a collection of early poems (CreateSpace USA, 2013)
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Jumana and Perfect Love - two poetic prose pieces (CreateSpace USA, 2013)
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Wallpaper Stars (CreateSpace USA, 2013)
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If I Get There - Poems of Faith and Doubt, a collection (CreateSpace USA, 2012)
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Seamless - A Collection of Love Poems (CreateSpace USA, 2012)
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The River is Blind (CreateSpace USA, 2012)
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Pushing Through the Jelly Fire (CreateSpace USA, 2010)
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The Many Lights of Eden (CreateSpace USA, 2008)
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Red Thread - Black Thread (CreateSpace USA, 2006)
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Into My Mortal (CreateSpace USA, 2004)
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Outliving the Inevitable (CreateSpace USA, 2002)
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Death and other Possibilities (CreateSpace USA, 2000)
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The Longing To Be (CreateSpace USA, 1998)
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Journey of the Awakening (CreateSpace USA, 1997)
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Somewhere Falling (Beach Holme Publishing, 1995)
Chapbooks:
Surrogate Dharma (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014)
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The River Is Blind (Above/Ground Press, 2012)
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Joshua's Shoulder (Plowman, 1998)
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Before the Dawn (Plowman, 1989)
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Jumana (Plowman, 1989)
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Perfect Love (Plowman, 1989)
Prizes won: 

Won ‘Bewildering Stories' "The 2011 Mariner Award for Short Poetry"; 

Five times nominated for Sundress Publications "Best of the Net" 2015/2017/2018

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Rainer Maria Rilke, Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, Kyp Harness, Dylan Thomas, Theodore Roethke, Sylvia Plath, Homer, James Baldwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Hardy, Pablo Neruda, Nietzsche, Edna St. Vincent Millay

More Information

Gives readings: 
No
Travels for readings: 
No
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Toronto, ON
Canada
Ontario
Raised in: 
Montreal, QC
Canada
Quebec
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Last update: Aug 11, 2019