Biography

Posted on: November 11th, 2011 by

Harry Thurston was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1950. He graduated with a BSc. in biology from Acadia University in 1971, and since 1977 has been a full-time poet, journalist, and editor. He has taught poetry at Saint Mary’s University and journalism at University of King’s College in Halifax, and served as writer-in-residence at Mount Allison and Acadia universities. He has been a contributor to more than 30 North American magazines–specializing in environmental issues and natural history–where his articles have garnered several national journlaism awards. He is a three-time winner of the Evelyn Richardson Prize for the best non-fiction book by a Nova Scotian and also received the Dartmouth Book Award and Atlantic Booksellers’ Choice Award for Tidal Life, A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy. A Place Between The Tides, A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh, was a finalist for the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize and the inaugural British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-fiction and winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award in the U.S. A Ship Portrait, A Novella-in-Verse, was a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and was later adapted for the stage. In 2009-10 he served as the Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence in Campbell River, B.C. He is currently working on a new collection of poetry.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History. Greystone Books/David Suzuki Foundation, 2011

Animals Of My Own Kind, New & Selected Poems. Vehicule Press, 2009

Silver Ghost (with photography by Thaddeus Holownia). Anchorage Press, 2008

Broken Vessel, Thirty Five Days in the Desert. Gaspereau Press, 2007

A Ship Portrait, A Novella-in-Verse. Gaspereau Press, 2005

The Sea’s Voice, An Anthology of Atlantic Canadian Nature Writing (Editor). Nimbus Publishing, 2005

A Place Between The Tides, A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh. Greystone Books, 2004

Island Of The Blessed, The Secrets of Egypt’s Everlasting Oasis. Doubleday Canada, 2003

The Sea Among The Rocks, Travels in Atlantic Canada. Pottersfield Press, 2002

The Nature of Hummingbirds. Greystone Books, 1999

The Atlantic Canada Nature Guide. Key Porter Books, 1998

The Nature of Shorebirds, Nomads of the Wetlands. Vancouver: Greystone Books, 1996.

Dawning of the Dinosaurs. Halifax, NS: Nimbus & Nova Scotia Museum, 1994.

Against Darkness and Storm, Lighthouses of the Northeast. Halifax, NS: Nimbus, 1993.

Tidal Life, A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy. Camden East, ON: Camden House, 1990.

Clouds Flying Before the Eye. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editons, 1985.

AWARDS:

The Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for A Place Between The Tides, A Naturalist’s Reflections On The Salt Marsh, 2005

Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Award for Island Of The Blessed, The Secrets of Egypt’s Everlasting Oasis, 2004

Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Award for The Nature of Shorebirds, 1996

Atlantic Booksellers’ Choice Award for Tidal Life, A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy, 1991.

City of Dartmouth Book Award for Tidal Life, A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy, 1991.

Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Award for Tidal Life, A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy, 1991.

National Magazine Award (silver), Author’s Award (three), Science Journalism Award (twice).

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, Visionary Award, “for increasing public awareness on environmental issues”, 1993, 1994.

 

4 Responses to Biography

  1. Sharon Bird (Anderson when Harry met me) had this to say about that:

    As a friend of Janet McNaughton, I was advised to contact Harry regarding a 2nd non-fiction I’m working on. The first was self published. Anyway will fill in details when I get in touch with him. I did a workshop with him years ago at the NB Writer’s Workshop in Fredericton. I’m working on a submission for Nimbus and want a non-fiction writer’s second opinion. You can email me. Thanks Sharon

  2. Rebecca Scott had this to say about that:

    Thank you for a wonderful reading last night at the Osprey Arts Centre!

  3. David Crane had this to say about that:

    I met Harry Thurston on Sept 26/12 at a creative writing social where my friend and I were performing poetry as “Bardsonbikes”. I wanted to send Harry a letter of thanks for him staying to see us but I can’t find a mailing address. Can you provide?
    Thanks.
    Davey

    • htadmin had this to say about that:

      David:

      I just found your comment on my website, a place I rarely go. I thought your reading was wonderful–energetic, fun, profound, sincere… in every possible way a positive experience and I couldn’t pull myself away. A pleasure meeting you both. I hope we cross paths again soon, and that I will have another opportunity to hear you.

      Harry

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