Bruce Meyer

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Bruce Meyer (born April 23, 1957) is a Canadian poet and educator.[1]

He has been the Director of Writing and Literature at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and has taught at the University of Windsor, McMaster University, Trinity College at the University of Toronto, Seneca College, Humber College, Georgian College, and Skidmore College. He has been Visiting Writer at the Universities of Southern Mississippi and University of Texas at Austin, and the Whidden Lecturer at McMaster University.

Meyer currently teaches English at Laurentian University - Barrie Campus, where he is chief editor of The In Site, a poetry and short story magazine for Laurentian Barrie campus students. His broadcasts on "The Great Books" for CBC's This Morning are the network's best-selling audiocassette series.

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • The First Taste: New and Selected Poems, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 2018
  • 1967: Centennial Year, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 2017
  • To Linares, Accento and Universidad Technologica Linares, Mexico, October 2016
  • The Madness of Planets, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 2015
  • The Arrow of Time, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2015
  • The Seasons, Porcupine’s Quill, Erin, Ontario, 2014
  • Testing the Elements, Exile Editions, Toronto, 2014
  • The Obsession Book of Timbuktu, Black Moss Press, Windsor
  • A Litany of the Makers, Lyrical Myrical Press, Toronto, 2014
  • A Book of Bread, Exile Editions, Toronto, 2011
  • Alphabestiary: A Poetry Emblem Book, (with H. Masud Taj), Exile Editions, 2011
  •  Bread: A Mass for Voices, Lyrical Myrical Press, Toronto, 2009
  •  Dog Days: A Comedy of Terriers, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 2009
  • Mesopotamia, Scrivener Press, Sudbury, 2009
  • As Yet, Untitled…, Lyrical Myrical Press, Toronto, 2006
  •  Oceans, Word Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005
  •  Oceans, Exile Editions, Toronto, 2004
  • The Spirit Bride, Exile Editions, Toronto, 2002
  •  Anywhere, Exile Editions, Toronto, 2000
  • The Presence, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 1999
  •  The Presence, Story Line Press, Ashland, Oregon, 1999
  • Radio Silence, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 1991
  • The Open Room, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 1989
  • The Open Room, Aquilla Press, 1989
  • Steel Valley (with James Deahl), Aureole Point Press, 1984
  • The Aging of America, Aloysius Press, 1982 
  • The Tongues Between Us, SWOP, 1981

Short Stories[edit]

  • Magnetic Dogs, Guernica Editions, 2022 (forthcoming)  
  • Down in the Ground, Guernica Editions, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • A Feast of Brief Hopes, Guernica Editions, Oakville, 2018
  • A Chronicle of Magpies, Tightrope Books, Toronto, 2014 
  • Flights, Canadian-Korean Literary Forum Press, Toronto, 2004
  • Goodbye Mr. Spalding, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 1996


  • Portraits of Canadian Writers, Porcupine’s Quill, Erin, Ontario, 2016
  • Time of the Last Goal: Why Hockey is Our Game, Black Moss Press, 2014
  • Alphabet Table: Memoir of a Childhood in the Language, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 2010
  • Heroes: The Champions of Our Literary Imaginations, Toronto, Harper Collins, Toronto, 2007
  • Heroes: From Hercules to Superman, Harper Collins, Toronto, 2007
  • Héroes: Los grandes personajes del imaginario due nuestra literatura, Siruela, Madrid, 2007
  • The American New Formalists: Dictionary of Literary Biography (Volume 282), (co-edited with Jonathan Barron), Bruccoli, Clarke, Layman, Columbia South Carolina, 2003
  • The Golden Thread: A Reader’s Journey Through the Great Books, P.S. Editions, Harper Perennial, Toronto, 2007
  • The Golden Thread: A Reader’s Journey Through the Great Books. Harper Perennial, Toronto, Ontario, 2000
  •  The Golden Thread: A Reader’s Journey Through the Great Books, Harper, Collins Canada, Toronto, 2000
  • Lives and Works: Interviews with Canadian Writers, (with Brian O’Riordan), Black Moss Press, Toronto, 1991
  • Sergeant of Outposts: One Editor’s Role in Post-War British Poetry, 1944-1987 Doctoral Thesis) McMaster University, Hamilton, 1988
  • In Their Words: Interviews with Canadian Writers, (with Brian O’Riordan), Anansi, Toronto, 1985
  • Poetry Markets for Canadians, (with James Deahl), 1st edition, League of Canadian Poets, Toronto, 1983

Books and works edited[edit]

  • That Dammed Beaver: Canadian Comedy Writing, Exile Editions, 2018
  • Cry Havoc, W. Redvers Dent, Rocks Mills Press, Oakville, 2018
  • Cli-Fi: Canadian Tales of Climate Change, Exile Editions, Toronto, 2018
  • We Wasn’t Pals: Canadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War 2nd Edition, (with Barry Callaghan), (poetry & fiction) Exile Editions, 2014
  • The White-Collar Book: Canadian Poetry and Prose of the Professional World, (with Carolyn Meyer), Black Moss Press, Windsor, 2011
  • Special Prophecy Issue: Windsor Review, Volume 43, Number 1, Spring 2010, University of Windsor
  • The German Prisoner, James Hanley, Exile Editions, 2007
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 282: The New Formalists, Bruccoli, Clarke, Layman. Columbia, (with Jonathan Baron), South Carolina, 2003
  • Writing by Korean-Canadian Youth, Bae-Sa Moh, KCLF Press, Toronto, 2002
  •  We Wasn’t Pals: Canadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War, (with Barry Callaghan), Exile Editions, 2001
  •  The Reader: Contemporary Essays and Essay Strategies, (with Carolyn Meyer), Prentice Hall, Toronto, 2001
  • The Stories: Contemporary Short Ficton Written in English, Prentice Hall, Toronto, 1997
  • Separate Islands: Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, (with Carolyn Meyer), Quarry Press, 1987
  • The Selected Poems of Frank Prewett, (with Barry Callaghan), Exile Editions, 1987
  • Arrivals: Canadian Poetry in the Eighties, Greenfield Press, 1986
  • Poetry Markets for Canadians, (with James Deahl, 1st ed.), League of Canadian Poets, 1986

Edited selected works by other authors[edit]

  • Silences, Karen Lee White, Exile Editons, Toronto, 2018.
  • Selected Poems, James Clarke, Exile Editions, Toronto, 2012.
  •  Auralia Press Check List, Auralia Press, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, 2000
  • Swimming in the Afternoon: The Selected Poems of Peter Stevens, Peter Stevens, (ed. and intro.) Black Moss Press, Windsor, 1992
  • And So He Went Sailing: The Collected Poems of Lionel Monteith, Lionel Monteith, (ed. and intro.) Lincoln Publications, London, 1991
  • Selected and New Poems, Charles Tomlinson, Exile Editions, Toronto, 1989
  • Figure of Eight: New Poems and Selected Translations, David Wevill, Exile Editions, Toronto, 1987
  • Other Names for the Heart: Selected Poems, 1964-1984, David Wevill, Exile Editions, Toronto, 1985
  • No Cold Ash: Selected Poems, 1966-1982, James Deahl, Sono Nis Press, 1984.

Cassette Tapes and CDs[edit]

  • Great Poetry: Poetry Is Life and Vice Versa, (with Michael Enright), CBC Radio, 2006
  • The Great Books, Part One, (with Michael Enright), CBC Radio, 1999
  • The Great Books, Part Two, (with Michael Enright) CBC Radio, 1999
  • The Great Books, Part Three, (with Michael Enright) CBC Radio, 1999
  • A Novel Idea, (with Michael Enright) CBC Radio, 2000


  1. ^ Gatenby, Greg (May 26, 1999). "Vaudeville to film found a home at west-end stage ; Lansdowne Ave. theatre premiered Sean O'Casey play". Toronto Star. Retrieved 26 April 2011.