Montreal-based poet, editor, literary critic, singer-songwriter and translator Brian Campbell is the author of Shimmer Report, (Ekstasis Editions, 2015), Passenger Flight (Signature Editions, 2009), Guatemala and Other Poems (1994) and Undressing the Night (2007), a translation of the selected poems of Nicaraguan-Canadian poet Francisco Santos. He is also the author of the chapbook A Private Collection (Sky of Ink Press 2014), and a book of photos and poetry, Remnants of Autumn (Sky of Ink Press, 2016). His poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in such literary magazines as The Antigonish Review, CV2, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Evergreen Review, The Rover, Montreal Review of Books and The Saranac Review. His translations of poetry from Spanish have appeared in Ruptures and Indigo, and from French in carte blanche. A finalist in the 2006 CBC Literary Award for Poetry, in 2011 he received a Canada Council Grant towards the completion of Shimmer Report. He is also the co-founder/editor of Sky of Ink Press, which prints quality chapbooks by emerging poets, and co-host of the lawn chair soirée, a monthly literary series that takes place at the Art Lounge, in Montreal’s Mile End.
Brian Campbell has written some 60-odd original songs, and performs music regularly, mostly in the Montreal area. His independent music CD, The Courtier’s Manuscript, was released in 2002. One song from the album, “To My Whimsical Love”, won a certificate of achievement from the 2001 International Unisong Competition (Hollywood, CA/London, UK). Reviews compare Campbell’s songwriting to that of Nick Drake, Hum and the Quick , and to a more famous name, Paul Simon. See Music.
Campbell is on the Quebec Writer’s Federation list of Writers in CEGEPS, and has conducted lectures and workshops in the schools both under that program the League of Canadian Poet’s National Poetry Month program.