Clint Burnham teaches in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. His urban-hipster poetry has been praised as energetic, casually obscene, ironic and cynical. In The Only Poetry That Matters (Arsenal Pulp 2011) he provides the first book-length examination of the Kootenay School of Writing. In his fiction collection Airborne Photo (Anvil, 1999), characters drink rye with Grandma, bite their own penis and spit duck feet bones onto the plastic tablecloth in a late-night Chinatown eatery. The title poem for his volume, rental van (Anvil 2007), arose from a trip to San Francisco during the spring of 2004 when the US Marines made their assault on Fallujah in Iraq. As a visual arts critic, he has written on the likes of Ken Lum (Camera Austria) and Brian Jungen (Grove Dictionary of Art). Working as a publisher, editor, Capilano College teacher and critic, Burnham has also taught at UBC and Emily Carr College, plus he ran a liberal arts outreach program for people on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for three years. His other books include The Jamesonian Unconscious (1995) and his first collection of poetry, Be Labour Reading (1997). Smoke Show (2005), touted as a novel told in conversation, is a sparse work written in 1995.

Burnham was born in Comox in 1962 and has lived in France, Germany, Arvida, Bagotville, Edmonton, Goose Bay, Cold Lake, Regina, Victoria and Vancouver. "I'm interested in that idea of the author from Borges, or Barthes, as just a function of the text," he says.


Fatal Femmes: The Poetry of Lynn Crosbie. An Essay. (Toronto: Lowlife, 1991; Toronto: Streetcar Editions, 1993).
Jamesonian Unconscious: The Aesthetics of Marxist Theory (Duke University Press, 1995).
Be Labour Reading (ECW Press, 1997).
Airborne Photo (Anvil, 1999). Stories.
Buddyland (Coach House Books, 2000). Poetry.
Steven McCafferey (ECW Press, 2003).
Smoke Show (Arsenal Pulp, 2005). Fiction.
rental van (Anvil 2007). Poetry.
The Only Poetry That Matters:Reading the Kootenay School of Writing (Arsenal 2011). Literary Criticism.
Digital Natives, Eds., Lorna Brown, Clint Burnham. (City of Vancouver Public Art Program, 2011) 978 0-9866819-1-2
Pound @ Guantanamo 20 Poems: 2005 - 2014 (Talon 2016) $17.95 978-0-88922-979-2

[BCBW 2016] "Poetry" "Literary Criticism"