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Patrick James

Patrick James Errington is a poet, translator, literary critic, and academic. His poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Poetry Review, Best New Poets, The Iowa Review, The Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Boston Review, and The Fiddlehead. Errington is the author of two chapbooks, Glean and Field Studies. His work has won several prizes, including the Poetry International Prize. Originally from Alberta, Errington now lives in Scotland where he teaches and researches at The University of Edinburgh.

Award History

2022 Winner

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
for If Fire, Then Bird

Jury Citation

“Patrick James Errington’s ‘If Fire, Then Bird’ confronts embered landscapes of memory and loss in sonorous, sensory-rich language. These poems move with undeniable grace and attention, subtly adopting and subverting lyrical and pastoral tropes to pose tough questions about the fragile boundaries between health and illness, presence and absence, place and displacement. Like figures walking through the smoke from a burning field, Errington’s poems emerge with remarkable definition, clarity, and surprise.”

—2022 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Poetry Jury (Tenille K. Campbell, Michael Prior, and Suzannah Showler)

Works recognized by WT