Conyer Clayton is a writer, editor, arts educator, and musician living on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe, also known as Ottawa. Conyer's debut full-length poetry collection, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite,  (Guernica Editions, 2020) won the 2021 English Fiction Ottawa Book Award and was a finalist for the 2020 Relit Award for Poetry.  Her collaborative chapbook with Manahil Bandukwala, Sprawl | the time it took us to forget (Collusion Books, 2020), was shortlisted for the 2021 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She released her first solo musical EP, Further Behind You, in May 2020. Her second book, But the sun, and the ships, and the fish, and the waves, is forthcoming from A Feed Dog Book from Anvil Press in June 2022.

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Photo by Manahil Bandukwala

Conyer has 9 chapbooks: Towers (Collusion Books, 2021) and holy disorder of being (Gap Riot Press, 2022) both written collaboratively with VII, Sprawl | the time it took us to forget (Collusion Books, 2020), written jointly with Manahil Bandukwala and shortlisted for the bpNichol chapbook award, Trust Only the Beasts in the Water (above/ground press, 2019), (post ghost press, 2019), Undergrowth (bird, buried press, 2018), Mitosis (In/words Magazine and Press, 2018), For the Birds. For the Humans. (battleaxe press, 2018), and The Marshes (& Co Collective, 2017). Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and criticism has been published widely in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., including Best Canadian Poetry 2022, Arc Poetry Magazine, Canthius, The Fiddlehead, The Capilano Review, Augur, filling station, Prairie Fire, CV2, Room Magazine, Black Bough Poetry, Transom, and others.

 

Conyer has released multiple hybrid and musical works, including the collaborative album, If the river stood still, with Nathanael Larochette. This album was released alongside its sister project, Mitosis. In 2020, Conyer continued to explore the intersection of music and poetry with musical and video versions of Sprawl | the time it took us to forget, created in collaboration with Nathanael Larochette, Liam Burke, Manahil Bandukwala, and Andy Verboom. You can check out the video on youtube, and the music on bandcamp.

Conyer is a happy member of the creative collective, VII:

VII is seven voices fused into one exquisite corpse: Manahil Bandukwala, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Conyer Clayton, nina jane drystek, Chris Johnson, Margo LaPierre and Helen Robertson. Based on the belief that seven minds are better than one and that many ideas make joyous chorus, we say: We are I and I is VII. Formed in March 2020, VII is based in Ottawa, Ontario, the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation. Their debut chapbook, Towers, was published in Spring 2021 with Collusion Books. Their second chapbook is holy disorder of being (Gap Riot Press, 2022).

Conyer is a contributing editor to Arc Poetry Magazine, as well as a freelance editor. She teaches poetry workshops through Poetry in Voice, where you can book her to work with your students.

Conyer's work has been generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council and The League of Canadian Poets.

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