Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and performer. His publications include six poetry collections, including Franzlations and the recent The Porcupinity of the Stars, winner of the 2011 Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry; two fiction collections, and a collaborative novel. He was the co–winner of the 2010 bpNichol Chapbook Award, the 2011 Harbourfront Battle of the Bands, and the 1998 K.M. Hunter Foundation Artist Award. His work has been commissioned and broadcast by the CBC.