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About the Grant

The precarious financial nature of the vocation belies the tremendous cultural influence of poetry.

The precarious financial nature of the vocation belies the tremendous cultural influence of poetry. Canadian poets need support outside of the spotlight. The DC Reid Poets’ Grant will anonymously deliver grants of $5,000 to poets of modest means to help fund their writing. Established by author DC Reid, the program was created to support working poets.  

DC Reid has published 16 books, including eight collections of poetry, a novel, two works of literary nonfiction, and five books on fly fishing. His poems and stories have been published in magazines around the world and his articles on fly fishing have also been published in magazines, newspapers, and on websites across North America. He wrote a column on sport fishing for the Times Colonist Newspaper in Victoria for a decade. His poetry has been translated into Bengali, Chinese, French, Hindi, Italian, German, Greek, and Spanish. He is at work on three more books of poetry: Translated; Canada, a Country of Poets; and Selected and New. Following these, his 12th book of poems, and 20th book overall, 2084, will be a major project, spanning a century and developing a new western mythology.  

In its inaugural year, the DC Reid Poets’ Grant will deliver $5,000 to eight poets selected by an anonymous jury.