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Kelly Norah Drukker is the author of Small Fires, a collection of poems published by the Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series of McGill-Queen’s University Press (2016). Born in Montreal, she grew up in the Laurentian region of Quebec, and has worked and taught English in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, and France. Small Fires is the winner of the 2016 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Concordia University First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal (2016). Petits feux, translated into French by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, was published by Le lézard amoureux in 2018.

Kelly’s poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in The Malahat ReviewContemporary Verse 2The Island ReviewThe SHOpenRoute Magazine, the Literary Review of CanadaHeadlight AnthologyRoom MagazinePoetry New Zealandcarte blanche, and The Montreal Prize Longlist Anthology. In 2006, her suite of poems “Still Lives” won second prize in the CBC Literary Awards, and an abridged version was aired on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Her work has received a Norma Epstein Prize for Creative Writing (2013), and has been longlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize (2011). A frequent performer at several reading series in Montreal, she has also been featured on CBC Radio’s Cinque à Six, CJAD’s The Irish Show, and CKUT’s JPM Literary Report.

Kelly holds a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University. She has studied with The Humber School for Writers, and has participated in writing residencies at The Banff Centre and Sage Hill. She currently lives in Montreal, where she is pursuing a doctorate in Humanities at Concordia University.


Kelly Norah Drukker est née à Montréal et a grandi dans les Laurentides. Son premier recueil de poèmes Small Fires (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016) a remporté le Prix A.M Klein de poésie, le Prix du premier livre de l’Université Concordia en plus de se retrouver finaliste pour le Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. Petits feux, traduit en français par Lori Saint-Martin et Paul Gagné, a été publié par Le lézard amoureux en 2018.

La poésie et les essais créatifs de Kelly sont parus dans divers magazines littéraires au Canada, en Irlande ainsi qu’en Nouvelle-Zélande et lui ont valu un Prix Littéraire Radio-Canada (2006) de même qu’un Prix Norma Epstein en Création Littéraire (2013). Kelly détient une maîtrise en Littérature anglaise et en Création Littéraire de l’Université Concordia. Elle vit présentement à Montréal où elle poursuit ses études doctorales dans le programme de Sciences Humaines en explorant ses domaines de prédilection : les études irlandaises, l’histoire orale et la création littéraire.

(version française: Antoine Malette; photo: Brian Campbell.)