Mike Barnes is the author of ten books of poetry, short fiction, novels, and memoir.
His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his stories have appeared twice in Best Canadian Stories and three times in The Journey Prize Anthology. His story “Scribe” won the National Magazine Award Silver Medal. His collection of poems, Calm Jazz Sea (Brick Books, 1996), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; and Aquarium (Porcupine’s Quill, 2002), his first collection of stories, won the Danuta Gleed Award.
Mike has also published many essays, one of which, the photo-text collage “Asylum Walk,” won the Edna Staebler Award. His neo-noir novel The Adjustment League (Biblioasis, 2016) was the subject of a feature article in Maclean’s magazine and named one of the year’s Ten Best Books. He works as a private English tutor and lives in Toronto.
His latest publication, Be With: Letters to a Carer was published by Myriad in February 2019.