Aidan Chafe is the author of the poetry collections Gospel Drunk (University of Alberta Press) and Short Histories of Light (McGill-Queen's University Press), which was longlisted for the 2019 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. In Short Histories, Chafe revisits his Catholic upbringing to fashion a series of connected poems about mental illness. A boy stares helplessly through the walls of the family home, watches "filaments in glass skulls buzzing." A father's birthmark is described as a "scarlet letter." Grandma is portrayed as a "forgotten girl on a Ferris wheel of feelings." He has also published two chapbooks, Right Hand Hymns and Sharpest Tooth.

Chafe's work has appeared in journals and literary magazines in Canada, United States, England and Australia. He lives and works in Burnaby.


Short Histories of Light (McGill-Queens, 2016) $16.95 978-0-7735-5276-0

Gospel Drunk (Univ. of Alberta, 2021) $19.99 978-1-77212-546-7

[BCBW 2021]