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Douglas Walbourne-Gough

Douglas Walbourne-Gough is a poet and member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation from Elmastukwek (the Bay of Islands), Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland). His poetry and reviews have been published throughout Canada, and his poetry has garnered several awards and grants, most recently the 2022 Riddle Fence poetry prize and a Professional Projects grant from ArtsNL. Douglas has also won the NL Arts and Letters Award four times and has twice served as the Award’s adjudicator.

His first collection, Crow Gulch, was published with Goose Lane Editions in 2019, has been nominated for several awards, and won the 2021 EJ Pratt Poetry Award. His second collection, Island, centres around the Newfoundland Mi’kmaq experience in the wake of the Qalipu enrolment process and is forthcoming from Goose Lane. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing (UBC Okanagan) and is a PhD candidate in English/Creative Writing (UNB Fredericton).