Ken Babstock was born in Newfoundland and grew up in the Ottawa Valley. His poems have appeared in several Canadian journals and anthologies, including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, and Canadian Literature, and won gold at the 1997 National Magazine Awards. He won the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Prize and the Atlantic Poetry Prize for his collection Mean. He worked as Poetry Faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and currently lives in Toronto.