Brian Henderson (poet)

Brian Henderson (born 1948) is a Canadian writer and poet whose book of poetry Nerve Language was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 2007. Sharawadji was nominated for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry in 2011.

For other people named Brian Henderson, see Brian Henderson (disambiguation).


Henderson, born in Kitchener, Ontario, has a PhD in Canadian Literature from York University. He has published many articles and reviews, and is also the Director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press and a photographer. Henderson has worked as a university instructor, a phone jack installer, a traffic counter, a shipper/receiver, and a rock drummer.

He is the author of ten collections of poetry including The Alphamiricon, a deck of visual poem-cards. His work has been published in many small magazines. In the 1970s Henderson was a founding editor of RUNE.

He is the director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Literary activities

His poetry and literary criticism has appeared in Arc, Antigonish Review, Canadian Forum, Canadian Literature, CVII, Descant, ECW, The fiddlehead, Prism, Quarry, Rampike, Rune (of which he was a founding editor for its decade of existence), Scrivener, Writ and many other literary journals since 1974.

Published works


  • Sharawadji, Brick Books, 2011
  • Nerve Language, Pedlar Press, 2007
  • Light in Dark Objects, Ekstasis Editions, 2000
  • Year Zero, Brick Books, 1995
  • Smoking Mirror, ECW Press, 1990
  • The Alphamiricon, Underwhich Editions, 1987; available on poetry
  • Migration of Light, General Publishing, 1983
  • The Veridical Book of the Silent Planet, Aya Press, 1978
  • Paracelsus, Porcupine's Quill, 1977
  • The Expanding Room, Black Moss Press, 1977


  • W.H. New, ed., Inside the Poem, Oxford University Press, 1992
  • Robert Allen, ed., The Lyric Paragraph, D.C. Books, 1987
  • Leslie Nutting, ed., The Toronto Collection, Manoeuvers Press, 1984
  • Ken Norris, Twenty Canadian Poets of the Eighties, Anansi, 1984
  • Personal Website
  • University of Toronto Library Canadian Poetry
  • Sharawadji at Brick Books
  • UbuWeb
  • OpenBook
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