editor and arts organizer, Anne Compton was born on Prince Edward Island in
1947 and has spent much of her life there. This fact shows in much of her
work, both poetic and academic. In particular, her first collection of
poetry, Opening the Island (2002),
confirms that Prince Edward Island holds an important influence over her.
Winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize in 2003 and nominee for the Margaret and
John Savage First Book Award, Opening the Island devotes its first and last sections to exploring
the nuances of Island life. Though this was her first book of poetry, she
published her poetry widely in Canadian journals during the 1990s.
Additionally, much of her time in the 1990s was spent pursuing a successful
career as an academic. Compton has published articles on 19th and
20th-century aesthetics, 17th-century metaphysical poetry, Canadian
literature and Maritime literature. In 1994 she published
A.J.M. Smith: Canadian Metaphysical,
a critical study of this major Canadian poet’s work. Serving in the capacity
of anthologist and editor, Compton co-edited
Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic
Canada (2002) and edited The Edge
of Home: Milton Acorn from the Island. Compton became the second
Islander, after Milton Acorn in 1976, to win the Governor-General’s Award
for Poetry, for her collection
Processional (2005). Compton taught English in the Department
of Humanities and Languages at the University of New Brunswick Saint John.
She has served as the organizer of the acclaimed Lorenzo Reading Series and
as a member of the New Brunswick Arts Board. Her collection of poems
Alongside was published in 2013.
Her collection of poems Alongside was published in 2013.