Books / Publications

Posted on: June 7th, 2023 by


  • Markland Tree. Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia. Anchorage Press, 2022. Poetry. ISBN 9781-895-488-586
  • Icare, Chute d’Oiseaux. Photographies de Thaddeus Holownia, Traduit par Sonya Malaborza. Anchorage Press, 2022. Poetry. ISBN 9781-895-488-562
  • Icarus, Falling of Birds. Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia. Anchorage Press, 2022, 2017. Poetry. ISBN 9781-895-488-548
  • Keeping Watch at the End of the World. Gaspereau Press, 2015. ISBN 9781-554-471-447. Poetry. Shortlist, ReLi Poetry Award, 2016; Winner of the Alcuin Award for Book Design.
  • The Deer Yard. Harry Thurston and Allan Cooper. Gaspereau Press, 2012. ISBN 9781-554-471-201. A poetic correspondence between two poets living on opposite Canadian coasts following the model of Chinese poets Wang Wei and P’ei Ti 1200 years ago. Alcuin award for Excellence in Book Design
  • Ova Aves. Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia. Anchorage Press, 2011. Poems to accompany photographs of bird eggs by the internationally acclaimed photographer. Honorable Mention, National Magazine Award for Poetry. ISBN 9781-895-488-456
  • Animals of My Own Kind: New & Selected Poems. Vehicule Press, Signal Editions, 2009. ISBN 9781-550-562-581
  • A Ship Portrait, A Novella-in-Verse. Gaspereau Press, 2005. ISBN 1-554-470-064 /072  A chronicle of the life of a 19th century ship portrait artist, John O’Brien.  Adapted as a stage play for the Ships Company Theatre.  Finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize.
  • Broken Vessel: Thirty-five Days in the Desert. Gaspereau Press, 2007. ISBN 9781-554-470-341. Poetry. A lyrical and deceptively stark meditation on the Sahara.
  • If Men Lived on Earth. Gaspereau Press, 2000. ISBN 1-894031-22-9. Poetry. Shortlisted for the City of Dartmouth Book Award. 
  • Clouds Flying Before the Eye. Fiddlehead Poetry Books/Goose Lane Editions, 1985. ISBN: 0-86492-062-8. Poetry
  • Barefaced Stone. Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1980. ISBN 9780-920-11-850. Poetry


  • A Ship Portrait. A chronicle of the life of a 19th century ship portrait artist, John O’Brien.  Adapted from the book (see below) as a stage play for the Ships Company Theatre, 2008
  • Black River Miracle. Co-authored with Gregory M. Cook. A play based on the Springhill, N.S. mine disaster. Performed at the Ship’s Company Theatre, 1991.


  • Lost River: The Waters of Remembrance, A Memoir. Gaspereau Press, 2020. ISBN 9781-554-472-161.
  • From Rural Roots, 50 Years of Oxford Frozen Foods. 2020. Jolicure: Anchorage Press, 2020. ISBN 9781-895-488-487
  • The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History. David Suzuki Foundation & Greystone Books, 2011. ISBN 9781-553-654-469. Stunning photographs by award-winning photographer, Wayne Barrett. Winner of three major book awards- the Lane Anderson Award for Best Science Writing in Canada, the Dartmouth Book Award and the Evelyn Richardson Award for Non-Fiction.  
  • Silver Ghost: An Homage to the Atlantic Salmon Rivers of Eastern Canada.  Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia; text by Harry Thurston. Anchorage Press, 2008. ISBN 9781-895-488-340
  • The Sea’s Voice: An Anthology of Atlantic Canadian Nature Writing. (Editor) Nimbus Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-551-095-475. Winner of the Best Regional Non-Fiction (Canada-East) Independent Publisher Book Awards (U.S.A.)
  • A Place Between the Tides: A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh. Greystone Books, 2004. ISBN 1-553-650-352.  A note-perfect, intimate rendering of the bounty of life in a salt marsh in Nova Scotia, winner of the 2005 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award in the U.S. and finalist for the British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and for the Drainie -Taylor Biography Prize.
  • Island of the Blessed, The Secrets of Egypt’s Everlasting Oasis. Doubleday, 2003. ISBN 0-385-259-697.  U.S. edition: Secrets of the Sands. Arcade Publishing, N.Y. 2003. ISBN 1-559-707-038.  Story of an archeological dig in an Egyptian oasis. Winner of the Evelyn Richardson Literary Award.
  • The Sea Among the Rocks: Travels in Atlantic Canada. Pottersfield Press, 2002. ISBN: 1-895900-54-9. Stories about communities in Atlantic Canada from Labrador to Sable Island.
  • The Nature of Hummingbirds: Rainbows on Wings. Greystone Books / Douglas & McIntryre, 1999. Published simultaneously in the U.S. by Sierra Club Books. ISBN: 1-55054-693-7
  • The Atlantic Canada Nature Guide. Photography by Wayne Barrett. Key Porter, 1998. ISBN: 1-55013-952-5
  • Building the Bridge to P.E.I. Photographs by Wayne Barrett & Anne MacKay. Nimbus, 1998. ISBN: 1-55109-260-3
  • The Nature of Shorebirds, Nomads of the Wetlands. Greystone/ Douglas & McIntyre, 1996. ISBN: 1-55054-502-7. Winner of the Evelyn Richardson Literary Award.
  • Dawning of the Dinosaurs. Nimbus Publishing and The Nova Scotia Museum, 1994. ISBN 1-55109-100-3. One of the very best popular accounts of a major fossil find, bringing both the dinosaurs and the study of them to life.
  • Against Darkness and Storm: Lighthouses of the Northeast with photography by Wayne Barrett. Nimbus Publishing, 1993. ISBN: 1-55109-039-2 /8
  • Tidal Life: a Natural History of the Bay of Fundy. Photographs by Stephen Homer. Camden East, Camden House Publishing, 1990.  Winner of the City of Dartmouth Book Award, the Evelyn Richardson Award for Nonfiction and the Atlantic Booksellers Choice Award.
  • Atlantic Outposts. Pottersfield Press, 1990. ISBN 0-919001-63-7. Finalist for the City of Dartmouth Book Award
  • Exploring Change, People and Places. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre Educational, 1989. ISBN 0-920841-16-3. Grade 4 Social Studies textbook



  • Feature articles in Atlantic Insight , Atlantic Advocate, Atlantic Salmon Journal, Audubon, Bluenose, Books In Canada, Canadian Art, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Wildlife, The Chronicle Herald, City & Country Home, enRoute, Equinox, The Globe & Mail, Harrowsmith, Heritage, Imperial Oil Review, International Wildlife, Island Journal, National Geographic (Newfoundland, the Enduring Rock, May 1986) National Wildlife, Quill & Quire, Reader’s Digest, This Country Canada, Saltscapes, Scandinavian Review, Yankee Homes.
  • The Nova Scotia Book of Fathers. Lesley Choyce and Julia Swan, eds. Lawrencetown Beach: Pottersfield Press.
  • Pottersfield Nation, East of Canada. 2004. Lesley Choyce, ed. Lawrencetown Beach: Pottersfield Press.
  • We belong to the sea, A Nova Scotia Anthology. 2002. Meddy Stanton, ed. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing.
  • Local Colour, Writers Discovering Canada. 1994. Carol Martin, ed. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre


  • Antigonish Review, Arc, The Canadian Forum, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, First Encounter, The Gaspereau Review, Grain, Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, Poetry Toronto, Prism international, CBC radio.
  • Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry. 2015. Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside.
  • The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012. 2012. Barrie, ON: Tightrope Books.
  • Open Wide a Wilderness, Canadian Nature Poems. 2009. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press
  • Yet at a Distance, Father Poems from the Maritimes. 2008. Ottawa: Borealis Press


2 Responses to Books / Publications

  1. Rachel Cooper had this to say about that:

    I’ve just finished reading The Atlantic Coast. The book is brilliant – well written, enlightening, beautiful. Thank you. When I look out my window at the Minas Basin, I see it differently now.

  2. Caithleen had this to say about that:

    We enjoyed the Gallery and all the artists of Artist Marsh Walk 2013
    Just this morning now back from the walk here in my cozy city flat I open “If men Lived on Earth” and Im glued to the sentiment of a Naturalist for over and hour! Thankyou Also enjoying the new book and journal.Warm regards from Halifax Caite

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